By SOLA OGUNDIPE
NO less than 500 women in Lagos have acquired vocational and other life empowerment skills free of charge, courtesy of a community outreach programme put together by the Hadassah Healing Foundation.
Disclosing this to Good Health Weekly, the Founder, Hadassah Healing Foundation, and Co-Pastor, Maker’s Church, Pastor Adenike Lamai, said the beneficiaries were taught skils through which to be self-sustaining by starting small-scale businesses with as little as N10,000.
“Women are taught to appreciate that with just N10,000 – N20,000, they could start somethnig small. We taught them that if they could learn something, they could become self-dependent and responsible adults. “They started by learning empowering skills with which they would begin their various vocations. They were taught arts ranging from basket weaving and tailoring, to soap making and baking of pastries,” she noted.
Lamai explained that no less than six persons were identified for sponsorship. “We are calling them the 2013 Hadassah Ambassadors. The idea was to demonstrate that they can make a living.
“Once they learn this, we will follow them up, monitior them and ensure they are established and we know we have given back to society. It is to ensure these women make a living from what they have been able to establish.
“Once they run through the training we will establish them and buy them all the implements they need.
She explained that funding for the initiative came from kind-hearted Nigerian women and partners who want to empower other women.
The event kicked off August 10, 2013 at the Shogunle Community Town Hall, moved on to the Palace of Oba Rauf Adeniyi, Anifiowoshe, Ikeja; Government Senior Model College, Ikorodu and Akute Primary School, Akute.
It is part of the Hadassah Healing Conference 2013 which peaks in Lagos on September 14 at the Haven Events Centre, Ikeja, with the theme ‘New Wine’.