Residents of Kaduna state on Friday commended an NGO, Caleb Danladi Foundation for donating food items to widows and orphans to cushion the effects of the coronavirus lockdown in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the food items donated include rice, yam, garri (cassava flakes), maize, noodles, and oil, among others, were donated in Zaria, Chikun, and Jaba local government areas in the state.
Coordinating the distribution of the food items in Kwarbai area of Zaria City, Malam Mubarak Yunusa-Ladan, said the efforts would bring succour to the beneficiaries and their children, especially as most of them were observing the Ramadan.
Yunusa-Ladan, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the holy month to pray for the country and the world in general to overcome the pandemic.
He assured the beneficiaries that other parts of Zaria City would benefit from the humanitarian support being provided by the foundation.
He also urged them to continue to pray for the state and the country at large in its quest to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Halima Muhammad, a beneficiary in the area, commended the NGO for its timely intervention, particularly as it affected women, orphans, and the youth.
Mrs Rahila Makadi, Founder of the Canadian-Nigerian Orphanage, Gonin-Gora area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, expressed appreciation for the kind gesture, which she said would enable the home to feed the orphans and less privileged residing in the centre.
Makadi called on other well-meaning Nigerians to support orphans, widows, and the needy in the society especially during the lockdown.
Also, traditional Leader, Ungwan Sanyi, in Jaba Local Government Area, Mr James Peter said the foundation had in the past been of tremendous help to the less privileged, particularly orphans and widows in the community.
Peter said the foundation had sponsored several orphans in schools, and had provided capital for widows to start business.
Mrs Tanko Kyaru, Leader, Widows Association in Jaba LGA called on well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support the needy with palliatives, especially during this lockdown.
The Founder of the NGO, Capt. Caleb Danladi, said the gesture was necessitated by the need to support the less privileged and those who relied on daily earnings for their source of livelihood during the period
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