Gwagware Foundation in Katsina State, on Sunday, donated no fewer than 340 bags of rice, 68 bags of sugars and 34 dozens of mats to orphans and widows in the state in order to assuage their sufferings during Ramadan.
The foundation also trained 500 widows under its women empowerment programme and 200 orphans on educational support, and support them with start up capital to enable them to commence their businesses.
Kabiru Amoga, the Chairman of the Foundation who disclosed this while displaying the food items before newsmen in Katsina, on Sunday, said orphans across the 34 LGAs of the state would be given the items to reduce their sufferings.
The chairman of the foundation said it has been the agenda of the group to help the widows, orphans and the less privileged persons in the society.
His words, “We give out this donation every quarter; we source for the money by levying ourselves but this time we seek for the assistance of the management of SMEDAN and they do. We also donated three cars to three senatorial zones in the state.
“We are parents, we know what an orphan needs, that is why we donate, we tax ourselves and buy items and other things to give to the orphanage for their well being”.
According to Amoga, the foundation had been empowering widows and orphans in the state for many years, adding that the state government under Governor Aminu Bello Masari had also assisted the foundation in many ways.
Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, the Founder of Gwagware Foundation said his foundation has trained over 6, 000 widows and orphans in skills acquisition such as; Beads making, pedicure, scalp making, soap, make-up facial, fashion, event decoration, air freshener making, and hair dressing among others.
He explained that the initiative, which cost him about N500 million, is aimed at encouraging the widows and orphans in taking up their own business in the drive towards self reliance and reduction of unemployment in the society.
Dr. Radda said he was worried by the rising rate of unemployment and degrading values in the country, hence, the need for the intervention.
“It gives me great joy to see myself giving back to the society. I am really fulfilled by what i have been able to contribute in my little way to the society”, he added.
Earlier, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, urged the beneficiaries to put all that they have learnt into positive use for themselves, families, the state in particular and the nation in general, saying “what you have acquired is a legacy and it depends on you how you put the acquired skills into good use”