.Many Of Us Excluded From Govt’s Palliative Food – Say 23-yr-old Kajuru Attack Survivor
In its effort to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown on the needy, A Kaduna-based non-governmental organization, Gadnite Foundation, on Tuesday shared food items to some widows in Narayi, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.
A beneficiary, whose left hand was chopped off during unrest in Kajuru in March 2019, Rahila Godwin, told Gobroadsheet that, she and other women in her area were not fortunate to benefit from different palliative measures put in place by both the Federal and State Governments.
According to her, “People like me are not reached in the food the government was giving people. We thank this person for giving us rice, beans and seasonings.
“It will help me. Since my hand was chopped off by people that attacked my village in Kajuru on March 11, 2019, I could no longer do my farming work thereby depend on helps like this one for survival”, she said.
Speaking on behalf of the Founder of Gadnite, Diana Jokotola, Programme Manager, Gadnite Foundation, Kasham Madaki, said, the Foundation, which was established in 2018, has a mandate to help the less privilege through empowerment that can make them self-reliant.
“We mainly focus on widows because some of them are struggling alone to cater for the children they had with their husbands who are no longer there for her and her children. We don’t just give them food but we also empower them to make them sustain their family.
“With window, we have on Tuesdays and Wednesday every week, we use to do this. Today we are here at Shagari low-cost Estate in Barnawa. Next week again if we still have this window, we will go elsewhere to extend the gesture. We have about 300 women on our register now.
“These are widows. Those children you see are those whose mothers could not come here. A lot of these women are labourers who make their living from their daily hustling which has been shut due to COVID-19.
Also speaking, a former General Coordinator, Kada City Football Club, Kaduna, Austin Chichi Paul, who was sighted at the sharing event said, “it is just our own way of reaching out to the needy. So, doing it this time is a way of assisting the government to reach out to the less privileged among us.
“Through Gadnite Foundation, we have done a lot of work like soccer clinic in public primary schools and private secondary schools and reach out to widows in Goni Gora and Kajuru. In fact, this is the least of what we have been doing under our intervention called Covid-19 support relief”, he added.
The Executive Director, Bridge That Gap, Gloria Kasang Bulus called on those individuals and corporate organisations to do more in this regard.
“We are still looking for more people and organisations to partner with us so that we can reach the needier among us. What we are doing here today cannot be to much. More people should come and join us so we can collectively touch more lives”, she said.