By Attah Adgidzi
One of the leading Civil Society Organizations in Nasarawa State, Association for the Advancement of Women in Nigeria (ASSAWIN) has donated a total sum of 3.6 million naria for distribution to one hundred and seventy seven vulnetable persons in Keffi Local government Area of the state.
The beneficiaries who went home with twenty thousand naira each, are mostly women drawn from various communities in Keffi.
The program to which funded by the America government through the USAID, was designed to scale up care and support for orphans, vulnerable children and caregiver.
Making the donation to the beneficiaries during the flag-off of Cash Transfer Program in Keffi, the Executive Director of ASSAWIN, Mrs. Aisha Babagida said, the gesture was to improve the economic status of vulnerable women in the society.
She added that the monies donated was “to assist them improve economic stability in situation where opportunities for employment, income generation, and livelihood opportunities are limited”.
Mrs. Babagida added that, “ASSAWIN is currently providing care and support services to over 4015 vulnerable children and 1284 caregiver across 10 communities in Keffi”.
She reiterated the passion of the organization to touching lives and making the difference in the society in the areas of health, education, nutrition and food security, psychology support, protection and house economic strengthening.
The ASSAWIN director enumerated some of the achievements of the organisation to include the provision of school desk and chairs, empowerment of young persons, establishment of community infant and young child feeding support group, enrolment of women into different vocational skills training of their choice among others stressing that, they are ever reading to impact more lives in the society.
She however thanked the America government through the USAID for their generosity towards ensuring that vulnerable groups and individuals in the society are reached with opportunity to thrive.
In a remark, the state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Mary Enwongulu thank the America government for always coming to the aid of vulnerable people in Nigeria.
The commissioner who was represented by a directed in the ministry, Mrs. Yomi Adgadzu urged the beneficiaries to use the funds for their well being, and not to disgrace the ministry by misusing it.
Some of the beneficiaries Uma Dauda and Rose Haruna all thank ASSAWIN, America government and USAID for the financial support and promised to put the money to proper use.