The Wife of the governor of Anambra State, and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme), Monday, May 5, continued her philanthropy as she handed over two more houses built for two widows in Nnewi and Igbo-Ukwu.
The houses were handed over to to women in a woman in Akwaihedi, Nnewi South and Igboukwu in Aguata Local Government Area. The first lady also donated boreholes together with the bungalows.
The first lady’s CAFÉ project has done a lot in alleviating the sufferings of indigent persons in the society and in pursuing issues that affect women in the state. The housing project of the Non Governmental Oorganization (NGO) tagged “Housing for Indigent Widows,” has distinguished Mrs. Obiano as the most consistent first lady in the southeast in terms of philanthropic works.
Among those who have received keys to two-bedroom bungalows built under CAFÉ Housing for the Indigent and Widows project are Mrs. Roseline Ekezie of Ndiagu, Osile Ogbunike, Mr. & Mrs. Chito Nwobi, Mrs. Awele Somudi of Ogbeagu, Eziagulu and an octogenarian, and Mrs. Josephine Chiokwe of Umuga, Eziagulu, Aguleri. Others are Mrs Nneuwa Nwajideofor from Enugwu Otu, Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government; Mrs Maureen Ekesiobi from Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government; Mrs Chinyeaka Okeke from Amichi in Nnewi South local government and Mrs Margaret Anoyou of Amorka in Ihiala Local Government. There is one pathetic case where the widow whom Mrs. Obiano promised to build a house for, Mrs Chidili Igboamalu of Isioye Village Umunya in Oyi Local Government, died before the house could be erected, but the First Lady went ahead to build it and handed it over to the widow’s daughter.
The CAFÉ Housing for the Indigent and Widows project is a flagship programme of the NGO with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other philanthropists in the society. The programme is aimed at assisting indigent widows who do not have a decent roof over their heads in Anambra State. The projects are strategically spread across the three senatorial zones of the state with beneficiaries selected on the basis of those adjudged to be most in need in their communities.
The NGO has also done other philanthropic activities such as providing new skills and empowerment training for women, donating prosthetic limbs and wheel chairs to people, free cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries, the rescue and care for mentally challenged and the building of toilets in the rural markets amongst other programmes.