Ibadan - An NGO, Channel For Widow Relief Initiative (CFWRI), on Wednesday inaugurated a fashion centre in Ibadan for widows and orphans to acquire vocational skills and be self-reliant.
Speaking on the occasion, the Executive Director and Founder, Alhaja Fadhilat Balogun, explained the objective of establishing the centre as being an avenue for empowering the widows and orphans.
Balogun said that it had registered 300 widows and executed many projects and programmes to uplift the standard of living of widows facing various challenges.
"Most widows have been subjected to lots of moral and sexual abuses due to denial of access to husbands’ wealth and inheritance.
"This, to a large extent, affects both their development and children's upbringing."
She noted the contributions of public-spirited people in the society towards achieving the desired society.
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Delivering a lecture entitled "Charity and Poverty Eradication: The Bridge", Imam Sulaiman Hamzat said that God was always pleased with those who extend care to widows and orphans.
According to him, whatever charity given out must impact the life of the beneficiary positively.
Also, Atinuke Osunkoya, the Commissioner for Women Development, commended the initiative, saying that such effort was in line with the government’s policy.
She urged other priviledged people in the society to emulate the NGO's initiatives by contributing to humanity.
The organisation was established in 2011 to promote the welfare of widows and orphans.