1. 2018 Project (Widows Sustainability &Transformation )
Chevelyns Care Foundation-The Netherlands, a non-Governmental organization based in The Netherlands organized a one-day  Seminar/Launching on Women  Empowerment with the Theme: “Widows Sustainability and Transformation” aimed at ameliorating the suffering of widows by focusing on such other alternatives like skill acquisition that has the potential of empowering Widow for poverty alleviation and self-sustainability.
The event which took place on Friday, 9th March, 2018 at Hard Breaks Hotels, New Haven Enugu was aimed at empowering widows in Nigeria by building Vocational Institutes in all the states of the federation  where  Widows will learn different Technical/Vocational skills to be able to sustain themselves, take care of their children and contribute meaningfully to their Community.The purpose is to  create self-employment for the Widows as well as building a stronger economy, and achieving internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability.
2. 2019 Project(Skill Acquisition & Micro Credit)

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.

PREPARATION:

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.

The Naira equivalent of 50euro was made available for 50 widows (2500euro).
 
Upcoming Activity
 
2020 PROJECT (Opening/Launching of Chevelyns Women Development Centre Mgbowo).
The next project which is extending capacity building to the widows is aimed at empowering widows in Nigeria, with Enugu State as a Pilot Plant by building Vocational/Technical Institutes where the Widows will learn how to read and write and be trained on different Technical/Vocational skills to be able to sustain themselves, take care of their children and contribute meaningfully to their Community. This project when completed shall include an administrative block, skill acquisition center, Library, Laboratory, hostels, manufacturing units, and a multipurpose hall/event center. The idea is that the center should be able to generate some revenue for the investors and for its maintenance.
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