Foundation empowers widows, indigent families in Edo
The Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has disbursed business tools, funds and food items to 56 persons who include widows and entrepreneurs and 15 other Muslim families.
The distribution was the first stage of its yearly Zakat Distribution Ceremony and its flagship Ramadan programmes targeted at Muslim entrepreneurs, widows and indigent Muslim families towards providing empowerment and palliatives to ameliorate the challenges faced by less privileged Muslims.
Speaking at the event, the State Admin Officer, Mallam Abdul Rasheed Jatto, noted that 14 persons received entrepreneurial empowerment, seven indebted persons got funds to offset their debts, while 34 widows and 15 other Muslim families received varied food items including rice, noodles, tomatoes, oil, seasoning.
Jatto said that the widows and orphans support is one of the numerous ways the Foundation reaches out to the needy in the society in line with Islamic tenets.
He said that this was the first of several such events to be held this year, adding that the Foundation also empowered citizens with entrepreneural, medical and educational grants in line with its primary aim of collection and administration of zakat towards eradicating poverty in society.
The Operation Manager, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF), Alhaji Ahmed Ma’aruf, who was represented at the event urged all well-to-do Muslims and corporate organisations to join hands with the Foundation in the achievement of its goal of poverty eradication through the payment of zakat and sadaqat as well as the donation of work tool and food items for distribution to the less privileged members of the society.