An Abuja based Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, known as Sure Smiles Women and Children Advocacy Initiative (SSWCAI) has distributed various food items, eggs and condiment to the less privileged in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Dr Udegbunam Chioma said the gesture was to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown in the FCT.
Dr. Chioma who disclosed that the Foundation has always been known for gestures likes this, noted that at this critical time it’s necessary to be there for the poor and the needy.
According to her, ” in this trying times of the pandemic Corona Virus otherwise known as COVID-19, to cushion the effect on the real people who could not afford to feed because of the Sit- at- home order as declared earlier by Mr. president Muhammadu Buhari, in other to contain the spread of the dreaded pandemic novel virus.
“The outbreak Covid – 19 has actually exposed our inefficiency in various areas, be it education health, humanitarian just name it, we have actually not gotten things right in this country. “
She noted that law abiding citizens who are petty trader have been hard hit by the lockdown as they were forced to stay indoors with their goods.
She added that most of these people lack the funds to cater to their basic health needs.
“So realising all this, we are touched and moved to even do more in order to be able see that they are taken care of,” she added.
She further revealed that the foundation hopes to reach out to at least 2,500 less privileged households in the FCT as it continues the distribution, which started last week.
“All what we have been doing is from our personal pocket and other assistance we get from our friends and families who also care for people who are in need a like this, Though the FCTA has also given a little support.
“We are open to partnerships and support. Our plan is to move the project to other communities till we reach about 2,500 households”, she said.
Some of the beneficiaries of the items expressed their appreciation and thanked the foundation for the gesture.
A Widow who simply gave her name as Mama Joy and spoke on behalf on behalf of women in the community said, “we are very very happy with what Sure Smiles foundation has been doing and with what they have done today for our community. God will bless them for their assistance and give you more”.
Out of items distributed are cooked food, Bread, food items, condiments, toiletries, hand sanitizers and cash gift to rural and vulnerable people in Abuja communities in order to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
Source: Voice of Nigeria