Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

A Nongovernmental Organization, Wheel of Hope Initiative (WOHI) in partnership with Amawbia Town Women Association, ATWA USA has empowered about 40 rural women from Amawbia Community in Awka South L.G.A, of Anambra State with catering and confectionery making equipments after undergoing a two week intensive skills acquisition training.

The participants who were before the training have little or no well-defined means of livelihood were trained on how to make African and intercontinental dishes, how to start-off small business, how to do business plan and how to save.

Delivering an address during the graduation ceremony which took place at Amawbia Town Hall, the WOHI President, Chief (Mrs) Charity Nwaneri encouraged the beneficiaries to strive to be gainfully engaged and not to bury the knowledge and skills gained during the life changing program.

Her words, “Recognizing the plight of these rural women and the consequences associated with high unemployment rate, particularly for women, and out of compassion, their fellow Amawbia women who are members of Amawbia Town Women Association, United States of America in partnership with Wheel of Hope Initiative, a Nongovernmental Organization decided to empower their women through Skills acquisition and empowerment programme”.

Addressing the beneficiaries specifically, Nwaneri said, “Having gained this knowledge and skills, you should go out there and make good use of what you have learnt. This will keep you gainfully engaged. This program is a life changing program, with your certificate, you can get jobs in hotels, restaurants, private companies or with individuals, start up your own business such as restaurants, snack bar, frying akara, yam and plantain. This will make you and your family live better”.

While appreciating those who donated towards the programme and those who also sponsored the prizes and gift items, WOHI President encouraged the beneficiaries to form a cooperative society, which will create an avenue for them to interact, discuss progress made, how to succeed, carry out peer review, encourage and monitor each other.

Dr. Mrs Chinyere Nwufo also in a remark described the program as an impressive initiative which will help the beneficiaries to put a meal on their tables.

In his remarks, the President General of Amawbia Community and Chairman of the occasion, Engr. Godwin Aruonu appreciated the ATWA USA and WOHI for the initiative, which he expressed optimism that it will not only empower the beneficiaries but will also set a lot of homes free from unemployment and financial bondage.

Pix: The WOHI President, Chief (Mrs) Charity Nwaneri with microphone during the event.

He disclosed that the biggest problem facing the Nigerian society is employment availability due to the dearth of white-collar jobs, which also made the society to fall back to skills acquisition programmes.

He encouraged the beneficiaries to put into good use, all that they learnt during the training for their own good, their respective families and the society.

Earlier the WOHI Programme Coordinator, Mr. Stephen Blaise disclosed that the Association engaged well skilled caterers, drawn from the Southern and Northern parts of the country, who also gave their best to the participants in a two weeks intensive training on catering and confectionery making.

He appreciated the Amawbia Community for their support, cooperation and security while the training lasted.

Interacting with our correspondent respectively shortly after the event, some of the beneficiaries who include: Mrs Cynthia Oluchi Ajuluchukwu; Florence Nkechi Agunabo; Maryjane Ajaegbu; Cecilia Obiageli Obasi and the winner of the Cooking competition, Mrs Edith Chinyere Ekenta expressed profound gratitude to ATWA USA and WOHI for the initiative, which they promised to nurture jealously and also train others to reduce the unemployment rate in the society.

They prayed God to sustain the benefactors and grow their resources.

The event featured the presentation of certificate to participants, presentation of gifts and awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners of the Cooking competition and best behaved student.

By NWAMARA

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