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Skills Acquisition: NGO Empowers Indigent Women

By AMARACHUKWU OKOROAFOR, Abuja

An non-governmental known as Initiative for Self Esteem Empowerment and Evaluation (ISEE) in conjunction with Olajumoke Jide Foundation recently partnered with Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM) to empower indigent women in Lagos with a view to alleviating poverty.

Mrs. Jide Ojo, Coordinator of ISEE, while speaking at the three-day skills acquisition training which held at Great Citizens School, Isashi, Lagos, said the reason behind the programme is to empower the woman and make her take her rightful place at home and in the society as ordained by God.

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Ojo said, “Women and children account for two-thirds of the world’s population yet they are voiceless in the society and therefore vulnerable. They are often abused and intimidated, our areas of focus are women and children especially teens.”

According to Mrs. Ojo, money will be given to the best 20 participants to start businesses after the training. The participants were trained on how to make soap, disinfectants, insecticides and air freshener as well as making of confectioneries, head ties and bead making amongst others.

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Earlier Amaka Benson, a representative of MMM said, “MMM Nigeria this year has stepped up activities in communities from the regular peer to peer donation /charity event to a monthly peer to peer donation and
monthly charity events/empowerment in various states of the country.
Today we are happy to sponsor the Women Empowerment Skill organized by ISEE. Seeing the joy on the faces of these individuals as they acquire 14 skills in three days makes us happy and fulfilled as a community
that is set to reduce poverty to its barest minimum.”

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Mrs Ago Ogoru, one of the participants, said, “I already have my own business and I will apply the skills I have acquired today to my business. What I have learnt here is invaluable and I want to thank MMM and ISEE for this opportunity.”

Meanwhile, in Abia State, International Centre for Vision and Health Centre (ICVHC) an NGO also partnered with MMM to carry out free eye surgery to over 348 patients. The NGO shared corrective glasses and drugs worth thousands of naira to the lucky patients.

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