Foundation empowers widows, inaugurates Lagos volunteers
To lessen the plights of widows and indigent citizens in Lagos and environs, a non-governmental organisation, Solution Women International Foundation (SWIF), has doled out food items to the underprivileged members of the society.
The group also visited Modupe Cole Home, Akoka, with gifts and food items, just as more than 40 women volunteers were inaugurated to propagate the vision of the group.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Lagos zone of the foundation at the Assemblies of God Church, Pakuro, Ogun State, the National Coordinator, Pastor Joel Nkanta, said the foundation was committed to driving its vision of bringing laughter to widows.
Nkanta, who represented SWIF president and founder, Evangelist Regina Orikannu, said the inauguration of the Lagos zone was to expand its reach after the foundation was first inaugurated in Port Harcourt in March, last year.
The volunteers, he said, was to help Mrs Orikannu, who is based in the United States, to fulfill her dream of empowering underprivileged and abused women, as well as being a voice to them.
He added that the foundation was birthed by Orikannu because of her ugly experiences while in the country, hence her resolve to lessen the plights of the poor.
Elated by the gesture, a widow, Mrs Ngozi Alaribe, who lives in Magboro, commended the foundation for reaching out to her, stressing that life had been unbearable since her husband died four years ago. She said the foodstuffs and other gifts would go a long way in alleviating her suffering.
Also, Mrs Olabisi Ayodeji, who lost her husband five years ago at Pakuro, also voiced appreciation to the foundation for the goodwill and love for widows. She urged the government and other well-meaning Nigerians to toe the good lines of the foundation in taking care of indigent citizens.
Earlier, the Assistant Coordinator for Lagos zone, Pastor Mrs. Helen Anya extolled the vision of Evangelist Orikannu and pledged to work towards reaching out to more indigent members of the society.
Mrs. Anya stressed that over 40 volunteers have been recruited to help in the actualisation of the mission of the foundation.
Also, the Secretary of the Foundation, Mrs. Charity Elomeme said many indigent families have already benefited from the benevolence of the foundation since its establishment last year.
The foundation, she said, recently took over the education of a student from Imo State University, Owerri, whose mother cannot pay her fees as well as being in the forefront of the campaign against sexual and gender violence.