Mrs. Clotilda Obinna (R) handing over empowerment cheque for widows of fallen heroes to the wife of Brigade Commender, 34FAB Obinze, Mrs. Fati Isiyaku, while the programme manager JDF Mrs. Victoria Onwuekwe watches.
Widows in the state have been advised to be self reliant and more resourceful in order to successfully face the challenges of widowhood.
The Director of Janet Dozie Foundation JDF, a non-governmental organization, Barrister Chinedu Eboh gave the advice during a one day empowerment workshop organized by Janet Dozie Foundation for widows at 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze.
Barrister Eboh said with hardwork and serious determination, the participant’s could end up helping other widows through the micro- credit of the foundation, adding that the micro-credit is a revolving loan.
He recalled the history of Janet Dozie Foundation which was instituted by Mr. Pascal Dozie and his wife Chinyere and named after his late mother Janet Dozie to alleviate the sufferings of widows in the country.
According to Barrister Eboh, the motive for establishing Janet Dozie foundation was the experience of Mr. Dozie after he lost his father at the age of fifteen and the unfair treatment meted to his widowed mother Janet. He said, however, through divine intervention, Janet Dozie was able to raise a successful family. Consequently Mr. Dozie at seventy established Janet Dozie Foundation to celebrate his mother and alleviate the sufferings of indigent widows in the country. Speaking, the Executive Secretary, JDF, Mrs. Clotilda Obinna said the mission of the foundation is to provide succor for indigent widows through the provision of financial, education and healthcare to enable widows take care of themselves and their dependants.
Mrs. Obinna said since 2012, JDF has empowered more than one thousand and sixteen widows in Imo State from more than eighty-five communities.
She said based on the invitation of the wife of the immediate past brigade commander 34 field artillery brigade, Mrs. Blessing Bello, JDF moved into the Army Barracks Obinze to attend to the widows of the fallen heroes.
The executive secretary told them that the interest free loan which will recycle in the barracks is for the widows to be more productive and avoid being idle.
Mrs. Obinna urged the benefiting widows to ensure that efforts of Mrs. Bello were not in vain by utilizing the loan properly.
In her remarks, Mrs. Blessing Bello lauded the initiators of Janet Dozie foundation for having the interest of indigent widows and the down trodden at heart.
She expressed sadness that widows were left to suffer in isolation and hoped that the micro credit from JDF will turn the life of the widows around and urged them to use the money judiciously.
Delivering a lecture on “Financial Management and effective record keeping”, the programme Officer JDF, Mrs. Victoria Onwuekwe urged the widows to learn a trade or business before venturing into it, buy good products that will satisfy the consumers and avoid selling on credit.
In her own lecture titled “The Role of widows in the education of their children” Mrs. Henrietta Njoku adviced the widows to endeavour to give their children quality education and know the teachers of their children, buy the essential books for them and complement their work by supervising the home work of the children.
In a good will message, Dr Henry Dozie told the widows to brace up to the challenges of widowhood by eschewing self pity from their life and get involved in meaningful economic venture.
Dr Dozie who described himself as a finished work of a widow told the participants that he was only six years old when his father died.
He said through hardwork anchored on relentless prayers, his mother was able to train nine of them who are now responsible men and women in society.
Contributing, the Chief Host and wife of the Brigade Commander 34 field artillery brigade Obinze, Mrs. Fati lsiyaku promised to ensure that the works of JDF for widows in the Barracks succeeds and commended her predecessor, Mrs. Blessing Bello for her good works.