Chevelyns Care Foundation The Netherlands held her 2019 Widows Empowerment Program on Thursday, 24th and Friday, 25th January, 2019 in Mgbowo, Enugu State-Nigeria.
The program was aimed at ameliorating the suffering of widows by focusing on such other alternatives like skill acquisition that has the potential of empowering widows for poverty alleviation and self-sustainability.
The program was sponsored by the Youths for Human Rights The Netherlands who also delivered a power-packed training/workshop on “The need to be aware of your fundamental Human Rights”, Right to Education, Right to Freedom of Worship, Right to Freedom of Speech and Association, etc.
The First Bank of Nigeria PLC was on ground to open and manage the bank accounts for the Widows who received interest free loans from the Foundation after their training, to start-up their businesses.
Clothes, shoes, sewing machines, writing materials, beads, buttons, a phone and a laptopwas among the items donated by The Youths for Human Rights Amsterdam towards the success of the program.
An Opel Vivarobus,2011 model was also donated by The Youths for Human Rights Amsterdam. The bus which was used to convey the items down to Nigeria was meant to be sold so that the proceed could be used to raise money for theprogram.
The cost of the shipment of the bus was covered by the Youths for Human Rights who also contributed half of the clearing cost.
The event which was earlier scheduled for 18th, 19th, 20th January, 2019 was postponed to 24th and 25th January, 2019 due to late arrival of the bus which was carrying all the items that was to be used for the training.
DAY 1, Thursday, 24th January,2019.
Arrangement was made for tents, chairs, tables, generator, MC, DJ, food and drinks, training materials, resource persons, and other logistics involved in carrying out the empowerment program for two days.
The first day started at 9:00am with an affordability assessment of the widows by the finance team of Chevelyns Care Foundation to ascertain those who are hardworking and credit worthy who can pay back the loan after six Months.
The second section was the skill acquisition. Two resource persons from Enugu were contracted to teach the widows how to make liquid soap, bathing soap, washing soap, detergent, toilet cleaner, bleach and bead making. Some of the widows were called to demonstrate what they have learnt and they did that successfully. This section lasted from 11:00amto 18:00pm with two break periods in between for entertainments and networking.
DAY 2, Friday, 25th January,2019.
The women reconvened the following day at 7:00 am to finish their training on bead making. The products were later displayed for inspection by the invited guests amongst whom are Reverend Father Ogbonna, the parish priest at Eziobodo Mgbowo, and Igwe Ituma, the traditional ruler of my town, ekpulator Mgbowo. There were other dignitaries who expressed their satisfaction at the initiative of empowering the widows with skills and extending free interest loans to them. They encouraged the Foundation to continue with the good work.
A team from First Bank of Nigeria was on ground to take the Bio Data of the widows and to help them fill account opening forms where their individual loans will be deposited. Arrangement was also made to open a cooperative account for the widows.