Over Four hundred and fifty widows and vulnerable people have received assorted gifts of food items and clothings in the spirit of Christmas.
The President, Helpline Foundation For The Needy, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, who distributed the items over the weekend, said the beneficiaries were carefully selected from the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory.
She explained that most of the beneficiaries have been trained for free on various skills, like shoe making, bag, soap and cake baking, with a view to empowering them for self reliance as well as inspire others around them.
Dr ahmadu, said the yuletide was a special period to put smiles on the faces of people, particularly the less privileged.
According to her, the Foundation deemed it wise to make them happy and also give the trainees the opportunity to showcase their products.
She used the medium to thank Donors and individuals for believing in the vision of the Foundation to support widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society for the past 19 years.
“What they need is support. And they have over the years proven that they can do great exploits. We don’t just give them fish, we also teach them how to fish too. This is the 19th edition of Helpline Foundation For the Needy Abuja End of the Year reach out to widows and vulnerable women and other groups .
We have 450 beneficiaries, these are beyond Abuja, but even Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.We are here today also basically to make them show to us what they have been able to acquire between January and December 2022. Because We brought them together to help them acquire some skills, so we want to see what they have learnt.” Ahmadu said .
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Akinshola Margaret, said she has been benefiting from Helpline Foundation for the past 17 years, the gesture which had brought succor to her family through money made from soap making and disinfectant.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Rose Joel who said she benefitted from the sewing machines shared five years ago and the confectionary skills acquired from the foundation, prayed for God’s guidance and protection for the organizers and family.
The items distributed includes 10kg bags of rice, semolina, sugar, salt, yam tubers, 10kg bags of Garri, Groundnut oil, noodles, corn, millet, spaghetti, sachet tomatoes, food spices, cray fish, and wrapped.
Reporting by Remi Johnson; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Julian Osamoto