By Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Fifty Christian widows from Benue State benefited from a month-long skills training organized for them by the Kukah center in collaboration with the Fountain of Life Church.
The Center also presented the sum of 50,000 Naira to each of the beneficiary widows to help them start their businesses and enable them to become self-sufficient.
The marked program; “Building Resilience and Supporting Christian Widows Affected by Violent Conflict in Makurdi, Benue State was held at the Pastoral Center in Makurdi, the state capital on Thursday.
Speaking at the start-up presentation, Kukah Foundation Project Manager Hajara Waziri said the project was conceptualized by Kukah Center and Fountain of Life Church to support Christian widows in northern Nigeria.
She added that the first phase of the project was held in Kaduna last year, where 25 widows were trained and supported to start their businesses.
“Now we are training 50 Christian widows of various denominations. We arrived in Benue after a series of searches. After the four weeks of training, we present start-ups to the widows to start their business. »
She urged widow recipients to use the money wisely to improve their lives and those of their children.
For his part, Pastor Simeon Nyihemba of ECWA North Bank, Makurdi commended the project organizers for the gesture, while urging the beneficiaries to use the skills they learned as well as the money to make an impact. positive about their life.
Giving an overview of the training, the trainer, Mrs. Vivian Ashami revealed that 24 women were trained in the production of household products while 26 others were trained in baking.
“We had 24 women in the household group and they were making eight different products including liquid soap, hair shampoo, hair food, coconut oil, turmeric oil , germicides and soap tablets.
“We also trained 26 women in the bakery section. They made 13 products, including cakes, cookies, and varieties of small chops.
Some of the recipients, including Victoria Jatau, Theresa Manyi and Igbudu Matina, all thanked the organizers for the gesture and promised to make wise use of the seed money given to them.