Yuletide: Helpline distributes foodstuff to 410 widows, orphans in Abuja

In the spirit of this year's Christmas and New Year celebrations, Helpline Foundation for the Needy has doled out assorted food items to 310 widows and 100 orphans including other vulnerable groups in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs.

 For this year, assorted food items were distributed to all the beneficiaries, while three among the 100 orphans got scholarship to secondary school level. The President of the Foundation, Jumai Ahmadu who moted that the number of widows has increased, disclosed that the foundation has concluded plans to establish a food bank at the Park for groups of the society. However reiterating that the reach-out programme is targeted at the less privileged, she appealed to other NGOs and government agencies to focus more on ameliorating the plight of the less privileged.

Speaking at the event, the president said "We are here today to reach out to widows and orphans in the FCT and its environs, which is a demonstration of God's mercy upon our human efforts. Though the number of widows has increased but with God on our side and the help of friends, we are coping. To tackle the increase in the number of widows, we are taking another step by establishing a food bank so that the reach-out programme will be cariied out every month instead of annual event. We have notified the leaders of the various associations abour the new innovation because they will be the channel for distribution".

Ahmadu further revealed that besides the reach-out programme, the foundation has in the past embarked on capacity building in various vocational skills such as tailoring, hair dressing, sopa making among others. Many of the beneficiaries thanked the Foundation for sharing the joy of the season with them.

CULLED FROM: Peoples Daily

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