28 February 2013

Nigeria: NGO Empowers Widows, Orphans At Bwari

About 12 indigent people yesterday graduated from the Vantaged Teen Centre, Bwari, where they underwent various trainings in different skills.

Some widows and orphaned pupils of two primary schools in the area were also empowered by the centre during the graduation ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, the founder and coordinator of the centre, Mrs. Rhoda Bassey, said the centre, through contributions from the society, has transformed the lives of many indigent residents in the areas of education, training and empowerment of the dropped out youths among others.

"If only we can show love by sharing with the less privileged ones and doing the right things, poverty will surely be reduced to the barest minimum," she said.

She disclosed that the five-year old centre was able to access grant for TY Danjuma Foundation to establish six income generation activities centres in six wards of Bwari council.

She said 10 women were selected from each ward and were trained and empowered, adding that the centres will in future accommodate tailoring, shoes making and many more skills.

The coordinator said the centre will continue to seek collaboration with government's agencies and non-governmental organisations like the rotary clubs to enhance service delivery.

Earlier, the Director-General of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), represented by the FCT coordinator of the directorate, Mohammed Shu'aibu, had promised to start collaboration with the centre to enable it reach more vulnerable people in the society.

Different rotary clubs in Abuja including that of Maitama, donated various empowerment packages for widows and students of the centre at the event, which also featured the launching of a magazine produced by the centre.

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