NGO provides COVID-19 support to elderly in Lagos

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AN NGO, United Way Greater Nigeria (UWGN), in partnership with American Business Council, has provided COVID-19 palliative containing staple food, hygiene products and face masks to some elderly in Ita Faji Community, Lagos.

Mr Kamil Bakare, Executive Director, United Way Greater Nigeria, said that the palliative distribution was in commemoration of the United Way Day of Action.

Bakare said that globally, countries were working effortlessly to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues that have arisen from it.

“At a time like this when critical relief is needed in the country and beyond, individuals and organisations need to join forces to alleviate the burden on its people and attend to the basic needs of the society.

“This is why United Way Greater Nigeria has partnered with American Business Council to provide care packages to the most vulnerable in society, the elderly, as they are the most endangered during this pandemic and may not have access to adequate care,” he said.

According to him, 200 elders were reached with the palliative, expressing optimism that the items will make a real difference in their lives.

Bakare added that since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way Greater Nigeria with the support of corporate organisations and individuals had been supporting families and individuals in vulnerable communities.

“We understand that there are more individuals and families facing ongoing challenges, specifically in the areas of putting food on the table and this is why we call for more partnerships to help alleviate their difficulties,” he said.

Also, Mrs Margaret Olele, Chief Executive Officer, American Business Council, said that the council understood the challenges faced by the average Nigerian.

Olele said that alongside Haliburton Ltd, a member of the Council, ABC partnered United Way Greater Nigeria, to alleviate the difficulties at the Ita Faji Community.

“We remain committed to supporting livelihood of persons in challenged communities and collaborating with government to drive economic recovery and post COVID-19 initiatives,” Olele said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that United Way Greater Nigeria is the local partner of United Way Worldwide, an organisation working in over 40 countries and 1,800 communities worldwide.

It focuses on health, education and financial stability of individuals in Nigerian communities.

NAN

– July 01, 2020 @ 17:35 GMT

 

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