Lockdown: NGO distributes food items to households in Kaduna

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AN NGO, The Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), on Wednesday distributed food items to low-income households in Kaduna metropolis to improve their resilience to hunger.

While handing over the items to the beneficiaries, the Founder and Programme Director, WISE, Ms Olanike Olugboji, said that the gesture was to enable them to survive the coronavirus lockdown in the state.

Olugboji noted that a lot of people were hungry and needed support from their neighbours to live through the day and survive the hardship being experienced, particularly among low-income households.

According to her, no one will die of starvation if people learn to extend a helping hand to their neighbours.

She said that the food items, which include rice, beans, indomie and spaghetti, were to support families to live through the day with something in their stomach.

“We wish we could do more but we are calling on people to help people around them no matter how little, particularly the widows and people in dire need of support.

“Let us learn to hold each other’s hands as we struggle together to survive the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

Olugboji encouraged the people to look at the bright side of life amidst the hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 lockdown and think of ways to get better after the emergency is over.

She said that the environment was healing up and breathing well following the lockdown, saying that every difficult time came with opportunities for others.

She urged the people to take all necessary precautionary measures to remain safe, noting that the current preventive measured could be harsh but necessary to keep everyone safe and alive.

More than 50 beneficiaries comprising men and women, widows and the aged, thanked WISE for the support, describing it as “life-saving”.

A beneficiary, Mrs Hasiya Aminu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the gesture would feed her household for the next few days.

Another beneficiary, Mr Columbus Kevin, a commercial tricyclist said that he struggled to feed his family since the lockdown and thanked WISE for coming to his aid.

A pregnant mother, Mrs Amaka Johnson, also described the gesture as life-saving. She said: “My unborn child can be born malnourished if I don’t eat well.” (NAN)

– May 6, 2020 @ 11:17 GMT |

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