By G9ija

Smile Attract Smile (SAS), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), targeting widows has empowered 105 widows across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure that ”no widow went to bed hungry”.Mrs Bukola Adewumi, the founder of the NGO, said at an event organised for widows on Sunday, in Abuja, that in addition, the foundation also paid the hospital bills of some of the widows’ sick children, while also paying school fees for those who could not afford.She assured the widows that the foundation would always stand by them in most of their challenges and would always share in their pains.All we want to do is to see how to put smiles on their faces and encourage them to see themselves as important people in the society, no matter the challenges they are facing, Adewumi said, while urging them to refrain from being lazy or depend on people for survival.

Some of the items distributed
Some of the items distributed

She stressed that the attitude of begging to survive must be rooted out, asking them to ensure that they get busy so as to be able to provide whatever they can for their children..“Our future plans is to see how we can empower 500 widows in 2022 with start-up capital for business and engaging them in different trades.” Our plan for 2022 is to build a centre where we can train widows on different skills and ensure that they have something doing that can help put food on the table, pay school fees and take care of their other needs,” she said.Adewumi called on well meaning Nigerians to support and create an enabling environment for the widows, ” so we can together have  a Nigeria of our dreams by alleviating hunger and poverty among our widows.”The foundation distributed rice, vegetable oil, bread, spaghetti, with clothing materials and shoes at the event.Mrs, Evelyn Samson. Cordelia Anyanwu, Abigail Bello were among some of the beneficiaries, commended the foundation for its gesture, while urging other spirited Nigerians to emulate the foundation.