The women, assembled by the organisation under the theme: “Shower of Hope Charity Celebration”, ate and prayed together and also testified to the goodness of the Lord upon their lives in the past year. The convener and vision coordinator of the group, Jane Egbo, who is also a widow with seven children, charged the women to cast their cares upon God and also work hard in order to succeed in life.
Egbo cautioned the widows not to be worried about their status as widows or engage in self-pity but to consider themselves as key stakeholders in the society, who deserve equal attention, support and care. Egbo, who shared bags of rice, beans, maize, garri, bread, seasoning and drinking water to the women, said her organisation would always pay attention to them so as to give them a sense of belonging, hope and confidence as bonafide Nigerians.
Using the benefit of her experience as a widow who was thrown out of her husband’s house and stripped of everything after his death, Egbo encouraged them to face life with hope and work hard in order to give succour to others. “There are many widows that have learned from me and are now giving to others. It is not just about what you can get but what you can give. I have some widows who got an encouragement of N2,000 to sell vegetables, now they are sending vegetables to Lagos, Port Harcourt and other places.