Foundation Wants More Support For Widows | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

The Chairman, Archibong Life Foundation, Prince Mendy Archibong, has urged well-meaning Nigerians to consciously include care of widows in their programmes, especially during the festive seasons.

Archibong said this on Wednesday when he distributed 500 bags of rice and 420 pieces of wrappers to widows in Obot Akara, Ikot Ekpene and Essien Udim Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom.

He, however, said acts of kindness to vulnerable groups must not be restricted to festive seasons but at all the  times.The philantropist said that reaching out to widows in the three local government areas was his own way of thanking God for His grace in the year 2020.

He used the occasion to announce that his foundation would commence skills acquisition training for 100 youths selected from the three LGAs in 2021.Archibong also cited some interventions of the foundation in the wake of the coronavirus disease in the state.

“In March 2020, when the index case of the deadly coronavirus disease was recorded in Akwa Ibom State, we blazed the trail by launching the first community-based sensitisation programme .”We also distributed personal protective equipment to schools and communities in Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara.

“We were the first private organisation to sponsor public health educators to go to public schools in Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara to sensitise teachers and students on the coronavirus disease,” he said.The Chairman of Obot Akara Local Government Area,  Agnes Udoenwenwen, on behalf of the benefiting communities, commended Archibong for the support to widows.

“We want to thank God that people are still remembering the widows. Archibong has not forgotten the poor and orphans and his home, even as things are hard globally.“It is only someone that loves his people deeply that will do what he has done. Many have but cannot share.

“That he has chosen to share with the widows the little he has, God will bless and continue to grow in him that love for his people,” she said.Responding on behalf of the widows, Madam Eunice Sampson, a mother of five from Obot Akara , described the outreach as her best visitation since the lockdown was eased.

“God will surely bless him. I cannot even remember the last time I cooked rice in my house because a cup of rice  here in Obot Akara is N200.“For remembering forgotten widows like us, God will surely remember him,” Sampson said. (NAN)

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