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600 widows get food items, cash for Yuletide


Some of the widows with their bags of rice

Some of the widows with their bags of rice

As part of measures to help alleviate the hardship occasioned by the economic recession in the country, a group of women under the aegis of Praise Warriors Ministry on Sunday distributed food items and cash to over 600 widows at its Alabaster Praise event in Lagos.

The initiative, organised by the group on a bi-monthly basis with the aim of thanksgiving and reaching out to the needy and less privileged in the society, witnessed a large turnout of widows from diverse religions across the state.

Mrs. Jibike Ifidon, convener of the programme, said the ministry, established 11 years ago, was specifically an event held to praise God, until years later when she received an instruction by God to support the widows and the less-privileged.

“What we just did was to praise God before, but the Lord called me and said I need you to reach out to widows and the orphans. Since then, we reach out to orphanages to distribute gifts and celebrate with them.

“We have extended this vision to the widows by giving out bags of rice, beans, garri, maggi, oil and other foodstuffs. We started in December because we wanted them to have a feel of Christmas so that their children too will have something to eat. We also gave them money, we help them sometimes in payment of their children’s school fees and house rents,” she said.

Mrs. Funmi Brown, one of the coordinators of the programme, told The Guardian that the group also empowers young widows periodically by organising trainings on vocational skills, to enable them support their families.

Beneficiaries of the Alabaster Praise expressed gratitude to the group for their gesture in reaching out to the poor widows in the society.

Mrs. Oluranti Ojolabi, a widow who has benefitted from the initiative for about 10 years said: ”I thank them for their effort in giving to the poor, they will never experience poverty and their children will be great.”

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