The Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Abuja has canvassed for more collaboration between charity organizations, the government and well to do members of the public in support widows, orphans and other less privileged people living in rural communities in Nigeria.
Director of the foundation, Evangelist Okay Obodozie, said his Foundation currently cares for about 5,000 widows and over 1,000 orphans in Nigeria. He admonished wealthy Nigerians to show kindness to widows, orphans and the needy in Nigeria and the world at large. “I started the foundation in 2008 with just two cups of rice.
I visited a Childless widow without a house just managing to survive in a tent with the small quantity of rice. “Her attitude toward the two cups of rice encouraged me to start a foundation for the needy in our society. “After that day, I kept visiting orphanages; I started looking for partners to increase the level of support to the needy especially in rural communities.
“The foundation started in a Local Government Area in Imo State but now the foundation has extended its support to Anambra and Bayelsa states, still hoping to extend it to other communities in the country.
“The foundation is currently building a house for a widow; this will make it the third house the foundation is building for widows,” Obodozie said. He said it had established small scale businesses for widows and also given over 100 bags of rice to the widows every festive period, to improve their standard of living. Obodozie, therefore, called for more partnership, especially from the government, private individuals and NGOs to enable the foundation to meet the needs of widows. He said that if more support was given to such people in the society, the world would be a better place.
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