NGO Make Case For Widows

…As Foundation Return Orphans To Classroom

By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Founder and President, Elpizo Humanitarian Organization, Mrs Sally Adaji, has stressed the need for wealthy individuals to come to aid of the less privileged in the society.
Speaking in Kaduna on Saturday during an interview, Mrs Adaji, noted that Nigeria of today is on record as one of the poorest nations in the world because lots of her citizens are living below poverty line.
According to her, she was motivated to start a humanitarian organization in 2007, when her first husband died few weeks after their wedding. “That made me a widow at a very tender age. It was during the period of mourning that God told me to take care of widows, and it started from that year,” she added.
The President of Elpizo said the organization catered for widows, youth and destitute, saying that this group of Nigerians are being empowered and counsel to become self reliant, adding that the organization holds its monthly meeting at Anguwan Romi, in Chikun Local Government Area, where over 100 widows attended.
She disclosed that the organization’s major challenges is that of funding, but whenever there is the need to fund its activities, it is sourced within family members and friends of the organization.
Mrs. Adaji said that currently there were some widows who are out of their homes due to flooding in their areas of abode, and called on the government and well meaning Nigerians to come to their aid; saying the major challenges of this set of people have always been the rent paid on their accommodations and children school fees; which we are always soliciting from within.

Another Nongovernmental Organization, the Benjamin and Caroline Foundation, (B&CF), also distributed text books, exercise books, school bags and other writing materials as well as tuition fees to eight orphans for the new academic session at the same venue.

According to the Coordinator of B&CF, Mrs. Sally Adaji, the foundation established by her parents two years ago is for the educational needs of orphans in Kaduna state since its establishment.
She said that touching the lives of orphans will bring about a positive turnaround, so that the hopes and aspirations of these set of Nigerians will be achieved.
She called on government to make policies that will positively touch the lives of women because when you train a woman, you train a nation
Some of the beneficiaries of the Foundation grants, Jessy Ebune and Rejoice Paul, expressed their happiness over the assistance with a promise not to let the foundation down in pursuance of their studies.
Speaking on behalf of other widows, Mrs. Gloria Paul, thanked the foundation for the kind gesture and promised that they will support the organization in prayers at all times.


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