Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Group Gives Scholarship to 200 Orphans

A Non -Governmental Organization (NGO), 'Christian Care for Widows, Widowers, the Aged and Orphans' (CCWA) Tuesday said it has given scholarships to 200 orphans in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other parts of the country this year.

The group's president, Prof. Deborah E. Ajakaiye, who stated this in Abuja, said the scholarship will not only allow the orphans continue their educational careers but to study abroad.

She said the group will also give out soft loans to some under-privileged people to start small scale businesses, adding that the group provides free counseling services for such categories of persons.

"Our focal points is to encourage them to study the Bible, counsel them, give skill acquisition programs to orphans and fatherless children through scholarships as well as to take them to hospitals where they can have access to free and basic health care services," She added.

Prof. Ajakaiye informed that the group is trying to initiate a bill at the National Assembly in order to promote the interest of orphans, widows and the aged, adding that the group will also organize a peace rally to sensitize the public about the plights of widows.

"June 23 is regarded as International Day for widows and we are calling on the relevant authorities to accord these categories of people the respect they deserve, by providing for their interest," she said.

A member of the group, Mrs. Toyin Adegbite Moore, noted that the group is out to put smiles into the faces of widows, the aged and orphans and called on well meaning Nigerians to support the group's cause.

She said the group is planning to establish resource centers across the nation, where the group's activities will be carried out in an atmosphere of love, peace, caring and sharing.

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