By Chioma Obinna
Worried by hardship faced widows in the communities, Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) Foundation has empowered widows within Iberekodo community area of Lagos with skills acquisition even as it offered free medical treatment to all participants.
The founder, CBA Foundation, Mrs Chinwe Bode-Akinwande who noted that the foundation was set out to empower women, especially widows in Nigeria explained that the skill acquisition programme was teach the women how to fish and be independent on their own.
“We have trained them on how to make liquid soap, how to design clothes, how to make small chops and many other things. Beyond skill acquisition, money and food items that the foundation gave to the widows, the founder said the foundation also ensured that nurses and doctors are available to treat any who are sick.
“It may be a big deal for them to go to the hospital for treatments, hence the reason we decided to bring along the medical doctors and nurses who will help to diagnose them and give medications as required. As for critical cases, a referral letter would be given to such patients to the nearest government health facilities where they would be treated, ” she added.
On the agenda of the foundation, Bode-Akinwande disclosed that CBA foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that has an agenda geared towards women empowerment, in the form of skills acquisition and financial assistance; health intervention; basic education for kids of the underprivileged in the society and nutrition.
She said, “We go round Nigeria to help the underprivileged widow in the society and today we are at Iberekodo community. We do collaboration and partnership with organisations and we are still reaching out to government and individuals to assist us, so that we can reach out to a larger number of widows and underprivileged in the society ”
Recognising support of the state government, she said, “Few weeks ago, Lagos state wrote us to send five widows from our profile. They had a seminar where they talked to the widows, gave them money, food items and lots of goodies, which to me is quite applaudable and I am very expectant that many more opportunities would come for this underprivileged widows. We are also hoping that organizations would come in to assist us also.”
Responding one of the widows, Mrs Cecilia Adenuga said since her husband died in 2007, leaving her with 10 children to cater for alone, she has been moving from one relative to another, begging for alms. For her, with the training and capital given to her she would start up her own business on soap making.