From Ben Uchenna, Umuahia
Advocacy for Women With Disabilities Initiative, AWWDI, Abia State chapter has marked its 10th year anniversary with an appeal to philanthropists to help make funding donations in order for it to continue the empowerment of disabled women.
Presenting her address during the AWWDI 10th year anniversary which had the theme “There is ability in disability”, the AWWDI chairperson, Ezinne Margaret Nwaogbo said that the essence of women with disabilities joining the group is to help develop them for sustainable activities.
Nwagbo who pointed out that any philanthropic gesture that gets to the group will helpp it continue to sustain the work and efforts which the AWWDI initiator, Rosalind Nkechi Colwel started and nurtured, called on public-spirited individuals to always show interest towards the welfare of the disabled.
Her words, “Advocacy for Women with disabilities Initiative, Abia state was founded by Rosalind Nkechi Colwel. She had donations, and assistance from different quarters with which she helped the women to cope with their disabilities.
“Nkechi encouraged women with disabilities to join the AWWDI national body, to develop these women for sustainable activities. AWWDI Abia organized seminars in many capital cities of the country to train themselves on how to manage their disabilities. Some are presently able to even join political parties,” she said.
She commended the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for appointing Glory Ukpong, his special adviser on female disability matters and his wife, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu for touching lives in many areas through her NGO, Vicar Hope Foundation.
“We thank you so far for the work you have done for women in Abia State. Your NGO, Vicar Hope Foundation has touched lives in many areas of the state. We are aware of the provision of houses to widows in all the 17 L.G.As of the state. You have paid hospital bills for those who cannot afford it. Your HIV/AIDS programmes and also the school meals programmes are very thoughtful and healthy in the lives of our children who through it, are sure of at least one good meal a day”, she said.
The chairman of the ceremony and vision coordinator, Groom Base Outreach Ministries, Evangelist Mrs. Queen Ngozi Obioma reminded able-bodied Nigerians that anyone who generously donates to the welfare of the disables, serves as a light to them.
She called on AWWDI members to hold tenaciously to God as He will never forget them.
A leader of Peace Self Help Group. Mrs. Bridget Chukwu called on disabled women who are yet to join the group to do so, as the group has boosted their belief that “there is ability in disability”, even in the midst of rejection.
The climax of the celebration was the presentation of a special award “the defender of the vulnerable” to Rosalind Nkechi Colwel and the launch of a booklet of songs and hymns which was compiled for the lifting up of the disables.
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