The Chinwe Bode-Akinwande – CBA Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has empowered widows within Okun-Ilado community of Ibeju-Lekki Lagos State.

The organisation provided the widows and other less privileged individuals with business grants, food items, clothes, scholarships for their children and free medical treatments.

According to the organisers, the one-day outreach supported by First Bank of Nigeria was in commemoration of this year’s United Nations’ International Widows’ Day.

Speaking at the event, the founder of the foundation, Mrs. Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, said the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the pitiable conditions of widows and other less privileged individuals in the society as well as boosting their confidence.

“The foundation was established in order to alleviate the sufferings and pains of the less privileged people, especially widows and their children.

“I decided to do this because I’m led by God and also I’ve watched closely and listened to some of the victims of widowhood and I realised that less attention is paid to widows. I have friends who are victims and the dehumanisation and injustice meted out to widows in the country is unimaginable. Hence, I decided to contribute towards alleviating their plights.

“Currently, we have over 600 widows on our profile, and the children of about 90 per cent of them have dropped out of school because of lack of funds.  So, even if it’s the basic education we are able to provide for them, they can build on it.

“We don’t want children who should be in schools on the streets because their mothers cannot afford their school fees. Who knows if the future president is among them? Every child should have access to education and good life and that is what CBA Foundation intends to achieve.

“To change our society and make the world a better place, we must love, give and share no matter how small it is,” she said.

She called on the government to implement and enforce the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) which protects widows in the country, stressing that the government needs to create more awareness about the act for widows to know their rights and also for people to thread with caution.

The traditional ruler of Okun-Ilado community, Chief Ologbon Oladehinde Oloye, noted that the gesture would go a long way in salvaging the wretched situation of widows in the community as poverty; hunger and malnutrition are great threats to their livelihood.

“It’s rare to see kind-hearted Nigerians who want to help others. We are happy with what CBA has come to do for our women and children. Feeding and education are essential for the survival of humankind. We welcome anyone that desires to help our children get better education.”

Chief Oloye expressed his displeasure over government’s negligence of the community.

“Our major occupation here is fishing. To fish these days is so taxing, a situation that has resulted in the suffering of our people.”

 

 

 

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