BY SOLA OGUNDIPE
FOLLOWING its series of free cleft lip/palate surgeries for 30 indigent Nigerians in Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos States, as well as the provision of microcredit facilities, education grants/scholarships and other charitable activities for the less privileged in Nigeria, the Health, Education, Work and Shelter (HEWS) Foundation, is expanding its scope of activities in the new year.
A charity, HEWS is committed to advancing the welfare of the poor with pressing needs to live healthy lives, get good education, decent shelter and gain the power to lift themselves and others out of poverty.
President/Founder of the Foundation, Mr. Remi Adeseun, said the planned expansion, coincides with the Foundation’s formal launch/fund raising activity billed for February 2012 at the Lagos Country Club. It will include a work placement programme that would increase an assortment of health interventions including free/subsidised dialyses for chronic kidney failure. Other interventions are provision of medical consumables to teaching hospitals for accident and emergency cases.
Adeseun, who stated that the period of intervention and provision of free cleft lip and palate surgeries had enabled HEWS find a nexus between poverty, illiteracy and high rate of school dropouts among the vulnerable group, said the discovery had given more impetus for the need to increased involvement and support in provision of micro credit, grants and scholarships.
“We believe as a nation we need to encourage more broad-based participation of individuals and organisations in charitable programmes and galvanise the general public to support community participation by rendering their widow’s mite towards ameliorating poverty and poor living standards of many Nigerians.”