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Foundation supports 20 indigent widows with grant

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Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation yesterday presented seed capital to 20 micro and small-scale trading widows

The Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation yesterday presented seed capital to 20 micro and small-scale trading widows drawn from across the 18 Local Government Council Area of Edo State. 

Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation’s Field Officer for Edo, Mr. Abdur-Rasheed Jatto, while presenting the grant at a ceremony said the foundation had empowered 20 indigent widows with cash and food items and was planning a third event in September to provide relief materials to another batch of widows.

He added that the event held as part of activities to mark the United Nations International Widows Day (IWD) globally, which is as “an opportunity for action geared towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows whose plight seems to be on the rise, rather than being abated.”

Jatto called for a concerted, sustained, collaborative effort by well meaning individuals of means, corporate organisations and government at all levels to partner with the foundation to do more for widows as it had over time developed a database of indigent widows.

In her remarks, the National Female Lead and Head, Widows and Orphans Unit of the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Hajia Fatima Abdul Wahab, urged the widows to realize that their spouses’ demise was merely a test from Allah (God), reminding them that ‘they still possessed the ability to not only survive, but to contribute positively to their community.

“For your survival and that of your children, you have to be productive, even in the face of victimization,” Wahab said.


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