Covid-19: Felix King Foundation earmarks N25m palliative for rural women
*Targets Widows in Edo, Lagos
The Felix King Foundation, a pan-African non-for-profit organisation with interest in the development, empowerment and prosperity of women in Africa, has announced a relief fund of N25 million to support widows and poor women in selected rural communities in Edo and Lagos States.
The fund labelled ‘Resurrection Funds’, is established by the foundation to help women overcome difficulties as these states moved to complete lockdown to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the globe
According to the founder/president of the foundation, Dr. Felix King Eiremiokhae, “The funds tagged resurrection funds is to help these women in these difficult times and to support them during the Easter period. There is no time better to lift our women up than Easter period – which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” he added.
The foundation, which recently supported the effort of the Edo State government in combating the spread of the Coronavirus, donated thousands of bars of safeguard antiseptic soap to rural communities in the state.
He said, “After making a donation of soaps to support the effort of Edo state government in combating the spread of Coronavirus in rural communities, Felix King Foundation has further set aside N25million to support widows and poor women in selected rural communities in Edo, Lagos and Ogun states.”
Dr. King stated that the palliative will be distributed to these rural women in the coming days to ameliorate the suffering of these helpless but industrious women, who can no longer sell their market and engage in other daily income activities. “The impact of the lockdown is impacting negatively on these women as most of them rely on daily earning to survive.”
“The fund is tagged ‘resurrection funds’ because of the season we are in and the relief fund is meant to help them have food on their table during this Easter and beyond. Our focus here are these categories of women because they are always the forgotten ones .” Each woman is expected to get 10,000 Naira each.
On the distribution of the funds, Dr King emphasised that since the foundation has had an existing relationship with most of these women groups and widows across these states with a reliable data, the distribution will be easy and we hope to commence in days ahead using the data we have to ensure the support gets to our target effectively.
The foundation’s audacious ambition to reach and empower 36,000 women by 2029 has seen a steady rise in the development and prosperity of rural women and widows in communities where the foundation’s work has been profound.
It will be recalled that the foundation’s inaugural Startups Africa, which should have taken place in Lagos between March 27 & 28, 2020, was postponed due to the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic with a new date to be announced.