A non-governmental organisation, under the auspices of Christian Care for Widows, Widowers the Orphans and Aged (CCWA) has empowered no fewer than 10,000 victims of insurgency, most of whom are widows and orphans.
In her address during an empowerment programme in Abuja, the founder CCWA, Prof Deborah Ajakaiye, said her programme, which has so far spread across 25 states of the country, involves training the victims on self-dependent skills such as: shoe making, soap making, head tie designing, bead making, making of handbags and small chops.
She explained that annually, the NGO trains no fewer than 10,000 people across the nation.
According to her, “There is no year that we don’t empower about 10,000 people and this is the major one. At each centre, we have 519 groups and we group them into states.
“We have 25 states and each has its colours and they do their thanksgiving every year. They equally have their medical structures.
“There is a lady we call Mama Masa, she lost her husband in Lafia and after sometime, they moved to Jos. She was in such a terrible situation when someone ran into her and then mentioned us to her.
“Presently, we are training two of her daughters, her eldest daughter has setup a mini restaurant and they have five employees. That tells the story.”
Prof Ajakaiye also mentioned a case of a widow living in Abuja who benefited from the program.
She said she was now training her children and two other orphans and widows, and was doing very well.
“Her daughter has just finished school and in addition to studying at the polytechnic, she makes small chops and is able to survive. We have many success stories but we will like to have more. Our vision is to help them so that they don’t become a burden to the society or to government,” she said.
While expressing satisfaction, she noted that churches and well-meaning people have been supporting the program. She advised the beneficiaries to make good use of what they have learnt, so that their lives will be better and they will be able to cope with the situations of life.
“If you move forward, you can take care of yourself and have enough to take care of others. These skills will help them become self-sufficient and empowered.
“We are actually contributing to the society and making good use of the talent that God has given us. So, we launched it and one of the miners paid for an institution in Jos and that is where we started and now to the glory of God, we are now in 25 states,” she concluded.
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