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400 widows benefit from NGO empowerement package in Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra state



400 widows benefit from NGO empowerement package in Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra state

No fewer than 400 widows from Igbo-Ukwu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State and its environs have been empowered by Dona-Maureen Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization.

The beneficiaries were empowered with free grants to enable them start up small scale businesses as well as bags of rice and condiments in the spirit of the yuletide.

Speaking during the presentation, founder of the NGO, Dr. Maureen Umemmuo-Umeakuewulu, said she was moved to assist the widows in view of their conditions.

“I am a widow, and I know that most widows are in difficult conditions. There is this erroneous perception that once one is a widow, she is meant to beg for food.

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“So, I thought of gathering them together to talk to them, and empower them to help them become self reliant; so that their widowhood don’t turn to poverty.

“One could be a widow and still achieve whatever she wants to achieve. In times to come, we’re going to train them in different skills in order to further assist them put food on their tables, and help their families.

“This kind of gesture will also help bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots,” she said.

Dr. Umemuo, a Consultant Gynecologist with the National Hospital, Abuja, who is also the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Federal Capital Territory Chapter, also called on government and other affluent individuals to join hands in lifting the downtrodden in the society.

A beneficiary, Mrs Justina Osuokwu, expressed her gratitude to the foundation for remembering and empowering the indigent widows.

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“I am grateful for this gesture. It is rare to find organizations coming up to help poor people in the society. Over the years, this NGO have been assisting people in this community and its environs with free medical care, in order to uplift their health status.

“Today, it has come up with this package of empowering indigent widows. My prayer is that God will continue to bless the founder, to enable her be a blessing to many more people,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Mrs Jecinta Nwankwo, expressed her gratitude towards the organization, and promised to use what was given to her to uplift the standard of living of her family.

“I am happy to be empowered by this foundation. My promise is that I will make proper use of this to uplift the status and standard of living of my household,” she said.

Community leaders such as Emeka Umebido, Okwuchukwu Umemmuo, Rev. Uchenna Nwangwu, among others, commended the NGO for its gesture in uplifting the status of widows in the town and its environs.

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Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at

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