Worried by hardship faced by widows in the society, a re-known Radio broadcaster and Presenter, Sunday Ogunsola, popularly called Tantala has empowered about 2000 widows with cash gifts and foodstuffs even as he assisted some with payment of hospital and medical bills.
The founder, Sunday Ogunsola, a.k.a Tantala who is a veteran Journalist and radio Presenter noted that the foundation was set out to empower women, especially widows in Nigeria, explaining that as a broadcaster, he is using his skill to facilitate assistance from well meaning Nigerians, to assist the Widows with cash gifts and skill acquisition.
Speaking at a three in one celebration held in Abeokuta, over the weekend, Ogunsola who used the occasion to reward those who had been supportive of the Foundation about two years ago when it started also used the occasion to distribute foodstuffs to some invited widows.
He revealed that beyond skill acquisition, money and food items that the foundation gave to the widows, the founder said the foundation also ensured that medical bills of the sick were also provided for.
“It may be a big deal for them to go to the hospital for treatments because of finances, hence the reason we decided to bring and work with some individuals who have been very supportive.
On the agenda of the foundation, Sunday Ogunsola said the foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation that has an agenda geared towards women empowerment, in the form of skills acquisition and financial assistance; health intervention; basic education for kids of the underprivileged in the society and nutrition.
He said, “We announced through our radio and Television Programmes for good spirited individuals to help the underprivileged widow in the society and today we are celebrating and rewarding those who had responded positively to our clarion calls.
We also do collaboration and partnership with organizations and we are still reaching out to government and individuals to assist us, so that we can reach out to a larger number of widows and underprivileged in the society”.
Calling for support from government, Ogunsola said if the government could support the Foundation in the area of training these widows, it will assist in uplifting them and assist in giving them new life.
We are also hoping that organizations would come in to assist us also.”
Responding one of the widows, Mrs Oluyemi Olopade said since her husband died in 2007, leaving her with 6 children to cater for alone, she has been moving from one relative to another, begging for alms.
For her, with the assistance from the cash assistance from the Foundation, she would start selling some things to cater for her immediate needs.