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Ikate comes alive as group empowers women, children

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WOMAN from the rural community of Ikate, Lekki in Lagos, were, recently, thrilled by Thomas .O. Women Network (TOWN), a women-based NGO focused on promoting and empowering Nigeria women and the less privileged in society.

   It was a twin event – ‘Bath a Child’ and ‘Preserve a Life’ – which emphasized the importance of maintaining good hygiene and empowering women in soap making.

   Mrs. Blessing Igwe, an auxiliary nurse and resident was elated about the event, particularly the knowledge gained, which according to her, would go a long way in complementing her current source of making meagre income.

   “I got gifts from the soap-throwing competition and other gifts like rice, clothes and soaps. I have learnt a lot here today from the health talks, especially the demonstration of proper teeth brushing, hand-washing and child bath.”

   Madam Gift Egwere, a mother of three and fruit seller, who said that her children benefitted earlier from the dancing competition, promised to teach her friends and relatives what she learnt from the programme.

   Live-well Initiative Health Facilitator, Tolawalase Aladesokun, while stressing the importance of washing hands, nails, wrists, palms in between the fingers, back of the hands among others to avoid germs and diseases, gave the items needed for the process to include clean water, soap and towels. 

    Mrs. Olayinka Thomas-Ogboja, founder of TOWN, said her driving force is the passion and love to help women and children, adding that: “People who do things that is not for money making tend to be discouraged when there is no money gratification, but I draw my inspiration from my strong love for humanity.”

   She appreciated the huge support of family, friends and corporate organisations, like Hliton Hotel, Eko Hotel and Suites, Radissson Blu, Oriental Hotel, Protea Ikeja, GRA, Best Western Hotel, Unilever and Westfoster Harbour, who partnered with the TOWN initiative.



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