It was all joy and smiles on faces of over five hundred widows in the Afuaso community of the Twifo Atti-Morkwa District of the Central Region when RAKOD Widows Foundation joined King David Widows Foundation to hold a mega project including donation of clothes, shoes and some other assorted items to the widows.
The items donated include clothes, shoes, cartons of toothpastes, biscuits and other assorted items.
The donation exercise also came with health screening when the over five hundred women mostly of whom are widows and some men were screened for Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, and other ailments.
The exercise which was a two-day program, was carried out to put smiles on the faces of the widows who seemed to have been suffering great deal of discrimination, abuse and trauma over the years and also assist them in knowing their health status so as to live a strong and healthy life.
After the screening, the widows were taken talks in healthy living where they were advised on what to do and what not to do to always keep fit.
Speaking to the President and Founder of RAKOD Foundation, Randy Danquah in an interview during the program, he expressed great satisfaction at the level of progress the Foundation is making over the years as far as the welfare of widows is concern.
According to him, their trip to Twifo Afuaso was necessitated by an invitation extended to his Foundation by King David Widows Foundation based in Twifo Praso communities whose vision and mission are in tune to that of RAKOD.
H e said, RAKOD Foundation which started in a humble beginning is proud to say it has impacted positively the lives of many widows across Ghana, hence their preparedness to partner other like-minded organizations and foundations to push such worthy course.
On his part, the President of King David Widows Foundation, David Arthur a.k.a King David enumerated that, women especially widows have continuously face severe abuses sometimes physical abuses, discrimination, from family members as well as the communities they live making them so timid and traumatized.
He said, King David Widows Foundation was established to help these widows get support so as to live a meaningful life.
According to King David the Foundation since its establishment in six years ago after its official registration has been able to support widows who have been denied a share in their late husband’s properties with legal aids.
“We also trained most of them in gari processing and soap making. But our major problem is financing. After the training we have no capital to give to them to start business on their own, so when you talk to them they will tell you they are not working,” King David said.
King David also revealed that, the unavailability of an office and equipment is also hampering the smooth running of the foundation and therefore appealed to philanthropists and other organizations to come to their aid.
King David who was visibly appreciative at the work RAKOD Widows Foundation came to do in his community especially for members of his Foundation, said the lives of majority of widows can be transformed if organizations, individuals and philanthropists follow the footsteps of RAKOD.
Justice Sampah, Secretary of King David Widows Foundation also called for such collaboration in future in order to help mothers in society, appealing to members of the two foundations to be strong and prayerful since there are better days ahead where their mission and vision of transforming the lives of widows are achieved.
The widows on their part thanked RAKOD Widows Foundation for coming in to support King David Foundation to carry out such exercise.
According to them, executives of King David Widows Foundation of which they are members, are doing their best for them but more needs to be done and that will depend on the support the foundation can get from outside.
“We are calling on others to support our foundation. What we need is money to start business; some of us are trained in gari processing whilst other trained in soap making. We can be doing these things to at least feed and send our children to school,” Elisabeth Aquah, Organizer of the foundation said.
Source: Prosper Agbenyega/Temanewsonline.com