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Government Needs To Create A System That Cares For The Elderly, Widows –Adewunmi

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Aderonke Blessing Adewunmi is a civil engineer and the founding father of Foundation for Widows and Orphans (FWO). In this interview with Patience Ivie Ihejirika, she speaks on the necessity for the federal government to create a system that accommodates widows and the aged.

What impressed you to arrange a basis for widows, kids and the aged, realizing that you’re a civil engineer?

Being a civil engineer is my career, however for this basis, I believe it’s extra of my ardour. Charity will not be a career however extra of a ardour.

I’ve at all times liked to provide and that may be a truth. Setting up the muse for me is like reaching extra folks as a result of with out the muse, I received’t have the ability to attain extra folks like I’ve reached, it could have been only a few folks. So the muse is reaching out to extra folks.


How lengthy have you ever been into this charity work?

Officially it’s 5 months now however after all, it’s one thing I’ve been doing behind the curtains.

Tell us about your interventions up to now Since we cope with the aged and the widows, let me begin with the aged. They are folks from 65 years previous, largely the retired folks. Sometimes now we have aged individuals who we attain out to which are above 80 years. We don’t anticipate them to work, we do every thing for them. So these ones we simply primarily help them in all areas of their lives. But for the widows, though we attain out to them, giving them meals stuffs and cash, they will’t proceed like that, they’re nonetheless younger, particularly the very younger widows. So for widows like that, we contain them in expertise and acquisitions and empower them in order that as a substitute of giving them fish at all times, they’ll learn to catch fish. But the aged, generally we see some aged and they’ll inform you they wish to do some petty companies in order that they received’t simply sit down, this one is labored on. however a few of them are sick so we don’t anticipate them to work or to do Petty companies so their duties are on us.


Over this era of 5 months that you just’ve been working, what number of ladies and widows have you ever been capable of attain out to?

We have been capable of attain out to 160 folks together with widows and the aged.


Do you could have a help system or individuals who work with you as companions?

For now, we don’t have anyone however we’ve been writing letters, urging folks to help us however for now there’s nothing like that, it’s only a private factor.


What are a few of the challenges you’re dealing with in the middle of operating this basis?

The main problem is lack of economic help as a result of irrespective of the way you attempt, no man can carry all of the duties of the aged folks and the widows. so I believe that may be a problem that we face when it comes to monetary help from folks.


Are you calling on the federal government to help in reaching out to the aged and widows by way of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management?

Actually I believe the ministry is making an attempt however I additionally suppose they will do higher. They try, they attain out to folks, widows and aged, however then, they will do higher. Like even within the side of jobs, getting them jobs. Getting jobs could be exhausting however here’s what we’re planning which I believe authorities can do, simply create alternatives for them to work. Like if we see younger widows who’re graduates, we’ll see how we can assist them to get employed. So authorities can really do this to verify they’re gainfully employed.


You lately bought a recognition from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. So how is that going to assist in your line of labor?

For the truth that I registered underneath them exhibits how real we’re as a result of lots of people will simply begin an NGO for their very own private profit, it’s not like they actually wish to assist folks. And after all, earlier than we had been registered, they got here to verify our workplace to be sure that we’re registered with the company affairs fee (CAC), EFCC and in every single place that we wanted to be registered. so for the truth that she recognises us exhibits that we’re real and that we all know what we’re doing and sooner or later, we are able to companion with them.


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