As part of the efforts to ensure the wellness of widows in society, Almanah Hope Foundation has empowered several widows in Lagos community.
In a statement made available to our correspondent, the Founder of the foundation, Mrs. Hope Nwakwesi disclosed that the foundation has embarked on a series of empowerment programs for widows to restore their hope in life.
She advised the widows not to quit amidst life challenges but to remain steadfast despite their negative experiences.
Her words: “Through the second quarter of 2022, AHF has continued her programs and activities to advocate for the rights of women and widows, elimination of sexual abuse, widows’ exploitation and practices that alienate women. AHF has organized skills acquisition training programs to empower widows and women.
“Our program for June was the financial empowerment of 17 widows and women initially trained in poultry and soap making, 10 widows received cash support for soap making and seven widows also received cash support for poultry farming.
The program was executed alongside our partner, Women’s Right And Health Project (WRHAP), who funded it.
“The beneficiaries were advised to use the money properly for the intended purpose while they expect an evaluation visit by the AHF team for assessment.
Speaking further, Nwakwesi said, “On the 26th of July, the management and evaluation visit was done by the AHF executive director and the program officer. One of the women empowered for poultry farming was visited and another woman empowered for soap was visited both in Igando. We also visited Njideka Nwakamma, a poultry farmer who was also empowered.”
She added that more empowerment for the widows were in the pipeline as the NGO targets a large number of widows in Lagos and its suburbs.