In a society where everyone is to him/herself, it is sometimes a lost life for widows, orphans and less privileged if there are no people to come to their aid. It was in this light that a timeout was created for them, to loosen up, catch fun and perhaps network among themselves.
According to Princess Yeolade Adetona convener and founder of Happy Moments for Widows and Children Foundation (HMWCFO), a non-governmental organization, the focus of the event was to create a timeout of the many challenges facing them as widows or orphans. “The aim was to extend spheres of charity to orphans, widows and their children; with our guarding motto giving reliable hope for Widows and Children,” she said.
Adetona said that it is her dream to create smiles on the faces of widows within her reach “I want to put smile on the faces of widows, their children and orphans. I know it is God who gives life but I want to be a channel of blessing to these widows and their children, even orphans,” said the founder, HMWCFO.
Explaining further, she said that the aim was to make sure widows who thought all is lost for them after the demise of their spouses whether old or young find another reason to keep trusting life for hope and stay lively.
Recounting her experience after she lost to the ADC plane crash of 2007, “it was not easy at first to move on but I remembered that it is necessary for one to have hope in life, so I gave life another chance.”
It was indeed a happy moment for widows and children in Ikeja during the timeout event. There were so many relief materials available for the widows and children to take home. They were indeed joyous , they just couldn’t mask it as they expressed it in kind words to New Telegraph. Bilikisu Wasiu told New Telegraph how happy she was to be part of the beneficiaries. Wasiu, She described the event as one which should be embraced and welcome by the wealthy and the government.
Another beneficiary of the programme, Mojisola Ajiroba appreciated the efforts of the founder towards ensuring that widows are not relegated to the background in the society. Mojisola Ajiroba explained how the NGO has touched many lives of widows and their children and making them happy in the midst of other people in the society.
“Many people are wealthy in the society, they see the plight of widows but they have not volunteered to try in their own way to render support,” claimed Ajiroba. She thereby gave kudos to the founder for the initiative of volunteering to lend a helping hand to widows and their children. According to her, this day out is very important to the widows to take time out of many stress they’re facing in vending for their children as she noted that making sales and being happy is different.
Kate Okoye, another widow at the event said, “Today’s programmes have relived me of so many challenges and stress.” According to her, training the children and moving on with life after one has lost her spouse is not very easy but with this kind of initiative that enables them to take time out, they sure will keep enjoying life as long as they have it. “With the relieve materials that were given to us, we will not forget and we will keep praying to God for the sustenance of this foundation,” Okoye said. She however called on the government to support this foundation as it will make them closer to the people they are governing.
Also present at the event, was commissioner for the ministry of youth and social development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri who was represented by Mrs. Mojisola Abiola commended the initiative and considerable efforts towards giving a new life to the orphans, widows and their children. In her speech, she expressed how the ministry is committed to seeing to the welfare of the less privileged especially child molestation.
“It is also in this light that Lagos State in year 2007 was the first among other states in Nigeria to sign a Child Right Law. This shows that the government is readily committed to support NGO on this course,” she said. She enjoined the widows who were present at the occasion to be free to relate their challenges to the state government through their ministry and they will be ready with open arms to hear and give solutions .
Speaking on future plans of the foundation, the founder pointed out that the foundation has the plan of providing solution to the accommodation problems that some of them might have, which according to her is the major problem that first beset widows after the loss of their spouses.
“This accommodation however will be free for all the widows the space could take. Apart from the providing accommodation, the foundation is also aiming to get some of these widows empowered so they can be able to get a source of income for themselves and for their children later in life,” she assured.
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