NGO, Flames Initiative Empowers 100 Nigerian Widows At Yuletide | News Proof



NGO, Flames Initiative Empowers 100 Nigerian Widows At Yuletide

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Ademoj Event Centre, Isheri, Alimosho LGA, Lagos – In the spirit of Christmas, Flames Initiative, an international NGO, successfully organized CINTA Project, a widow-empowerment program, last week, in Lagos.

The memorable event which was sponsored by Nestle Nigeria, GBF, McPeens, Kingsword International Church, Igando, Eltee Production Company, 54 Artistry, Citimax Pharmacy and others, had about 100 widows in attendance with their children and other guests including sponsors, media professionals and vendors.

In addition to a free medical check-up, the widows went home with free drugs, food items, school bags for their children, goody bags, and other packages that can make their Christmas really merry. The happy widows did not disappoint on the dance floor as they moved and glided to some melodious tunes.

Guest speaker, Ms Bimpe Oke, encouraged them to keep on in spite of the different challenges they face as widows. Emphasizing that they are responsible for their children, she charged them not to pass on that responsibility to anyone and to ensure their safety. “Our children are our responsibility, you can’t hand them over to someone else. Don’t drop your children anywhere because of life challenges...”

During a question and answer session, she tackled sexual molestation, emotional pain, child abuse, financial challenges and other issues bothering the widows and their children. She also encouraged the widows to speak out about their challenges and for the organizers to mediate between the widows and human rights groups.

Elated Miss Tolu Oni, one of the event organizers, could not hide her excitement, “I feel fulfilled and I am happy the event was a success. I am glad to give back to the society especially to widows who may be wondering if the society cares about them. I encourage everyone to give back to the society in their own little way. We shouldn’t leave everything to the government.”

A high point of the event was the prayer session when a man of God showered fervent prayers on the widows. The widows who obviously know they have no one else to turn to but God chorused a thunderous amen to the prayers. An attendee even acknowledged that this was one of the best moments of the event, “They really need those prayers,” he said.

The widows went home full of smiles, thanking Flames Initiative for showing love to them in a practical way. This event would not have been successful without support from sponsors and volunteers. It is also open to your support and sponsorship.

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