By Josephine Igbinovia
Ahead of the annual Widows Day organized by the Roses Ministry, a faith-based non-profit organization, Mrs. Regina Ezenwa, the National Co-ordinator, gives an insight into the event billed for this Thursday at the National Population Commission in Lagos. Over 500 widows are expected to gather at the event. Enjoy!
The Roses Ministry was actually founded in January 2007, with a vision to show God’s love and compassion to the hurting and vulnerable in practical ways. Our objectives include providing assistance to reduce poverty, especially for widows; providing succour to the sick and physically hurting; providing counseling to the youths, especially on the harmful effects of sexual immorality, cultism, drug abuse, etc.; and providing marriage counseling and restore the dignity of womanhood and leading the spiritually lost back to God.
With our set objectives in mind, we have been organizing “Widows Day” for widows on the last Thursday of November every year. The word of God is ministered to them and gift items are given to them, e.g. ankara wrappers, bags of rice, vegetable oil, bags of salt, toiletries, household items.
Our vocational training department ensures that some of these widows or their children who have no job or means of livelihood are trained and set up in the manufacturing of dish washing liquid soap, bead making and petroleum jelly production, etc. We now have an electric machine for the production of our liquid soap. We also run a Charity shop at Census Market in Lagos to provide clothing and household items at give away prices and sale of our liquid soaps.
In 2010, we included medical services but last year 2011, doctors and pharmacists offered free professional services. We carried out blood pressure measurements and those already hypertensive or had elevated blood pressures were referred to the doctors for consultation and prescriptions.
The pharmacists present carried out the blood pressure monitoring and dispensing of the drugs with counseling. The doctors and the pharmacists were overwhelmed with the number of widows; they were three hundred and fifty widow in attendance!
Widows Day 2012
We are actually budgeting for 500 widows with a budget of N3, 500,000 for the following items rice, vegetable oil, salt, 6yards of wrapper per widow, food & drinks as well as medicines. Many of the widows we cater for are hypertensive and a few are diabetic but most cannot afford their medicines. We have been able to monitor them and give all of them free medicines for the last one year.
Our main focus for this year is to educate one child per indigent widow in a tertiary institution, as we are able to and as we receive sponsorship for.
The health checks consultations and medicines dispensing and counseling will start early and will be followed by the Christian ministration.