In a bid to improve the health and livelihood of underprivileged women and their families, the World Bank Staff has funded an NGO, Citizens Health Education and Development Initiative (CHEDI), to train and empower widows and other less privileged women and girls in Durumi II community, FCT.

CHEDI, through the programme, has built the skills of 40 women and girls on bead and soap making and has empowered 30 of them.

The organisation believe that when these women make money through the skills, they will be able to immunise their children against childhood diseases as well as attend ante natal care and family planning clinics.

Therefore, the women were sensitised on the importance of routine immunization, family planning, nutrition education as well as carrying out community food demonstration using locally available foodstuff. In addition, 320 women in the community were offered free HIV counselling and testing, while those tested positive were referred to appropriate health facilities.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme, the Executive Director, CHEDI, Mrs Selina Enyioha, thanked the staff of the World Bank for funding this program while also commending the participants for their seriousness.

“We have invited SMEDA and the department responsible for supporting small scale businesses to talk to us on how to go about sourcing funds to start and sustain these skills we have just taught you for these 3 weeks,” she stated.

Enyioha therefore urged the women to make the best use of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the World Bank Community Connections Campaign, first of its kind and deployed in their Community.

She used the occasion to call on other organisations and wealthy individuals, home and in diaspora to emulate the kind gesture of the World Bank staff in supporting the worthy course of funding skills acquisition and empowerment of women and girls.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Dorcas Ishaya, thanked The World Bank Staff and CHEDI for the opportunity giving to them and for choosing their community.