Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation in providing hope for the underprivileged widows and their children, has trained them on skill acquisition and also gave free medical treatment to all who were sick within Iberekodo community, Lagos state.
The founder, CBA Foundation, Mrs Chinwe Bode-Akinwande said the foundation is set out to empower women, especially widows in Nigeria.
Bode-Akinwande said, “our aim is empowering women in the sense that we want to teach them how to fish and that is why we kicked off with the skill acquisition training. We have trained them on how to make liquid soap, how to design clothes, how to make small chops and many other things.”
Beyond skill acquisition, money and food items that the foundation gave to the widows, the founder said the foundation also ensured that nurses and doctors are available to treat any who are sick.
“It may be a big deal for them to go to the hospital for treatments, hence the reason we decided to bring along the medical doctors and nurses who will help to diagnose them and give medications as required. As for critical cases, a referral letter would be given to such patients to the nearest government health facilities where they would be treated, “ she added.
Speaking on the agenda of the foundation, Bode-Akinwande said CBA foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that has an agenda geared towards women empowerment, in the form of skill acquisition and financial assistance; health intervention; basic education for kids of the underprivileged in the society and nutrition.
She said, “We go round Nigeria to help the underprivileged widow in the society and today we are at Iberekodo community. We do collaboration and partnership with organizations and we are still reaching out to government and individuals to assist us, so that we can reach out to a larger number of widows and underprivileged in the society.
Commending the support of the Lagos state government, she said, “Few weeks ago, Lagos state wrote us to send five widows from our profile. They had a seminar where they talked to the widows, gave them money, food items and lots of goodies, which to me is quite applaudable and I am very expectant that many more opportunities would come for this underprivileged widows. We are also hoping that organizations would come in to assist us also.”
Meanwhile, the underprivileged widows and their children chorusly thanked CBA Foundation for coming to their aids, at a critical time when they needed them the most.
One of the widows, Mrs Cecilia Adenuga, a 66 year one widow said since her husband died 2007, leaving her with 10 children to cater for alone, she has been moving from one relative to another, begging for food.
Now that she has been trained and given money to start up her own business on soap making, she will forever be grateful to CBA Foundation.
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