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Foundation stakes N5m to empower widows, market women

By Ngozi Egenuka
12 October 2021   |   1:07 am
A non-governmental organisation, ‘Dr. Helen, a Hand to the Needy Foundation’, has expended over N5 million to empower 200 widows and over 300 market women in Warri, Delta State.

Dr. Helen Oritsejafor, presenting a customized bag of rice and cash to one of the widows during the event

A non-governmental organisation, ‘Dr. Helen, a Hand to the Needy Foundation’, has expended over N5 million to empower 200 widows and over 300 market women in Warri, Delta State.

The move, the foundation said, was to help reduce poverty level and hardship among the less privileged.

Founded by entrepreneur, Dr. Helen Oritsejafor, the foundation empowered widows and market women with cash donations of N10,000 each and food items to support their enterprise.

Oritsejafor said the gesture was to give back to the society and also support widows in the state and its environs.

While encouraging the beneficiaries, she urged them to continue to work hard and put their trust in God.

The exercise was carried out with former Congresswoman, Dean Dawkins-Haigler from the United States of America, who supported the foundation with $1,000.

Expressing her support for the widows, she encouraged them to be steadfast and not relent in their struggles.

A guest, Dr Carol Dickson, together with the widows, commended Oritsejafor and Dawkins-Haigler, for the gesture, and prayed that God continues to bless the work of their hands.

The foundation was birthed during the coronavirus pandemic with the vision to support and encourage individuals to visualise and work towards the reality of achieving unending success despite the existing or imminent challenges that may arise.

Earlier in the year, it carried out an empowerment exercise where beneficiaries were given capital to support start-up businesses and also ensured small and medium scale enterprises, which were grossly affected during the pandemic, survived.