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Tobbin Foundation encourages widows to be self-reliant

Accra, June 28, GNA –
The Samuel Amo Tobbin Foundation has celebrated the 2017 International Widows
Day to alert the general public on the plight of widows and the need to give
them the necessary attention and support. 

The celebration was
also to encourage young married couples to be self-reliant.

The celebration
entailed a talk on the plight of widows and measures to curb them; living
healthy lives as widows and aged, a feast, entertainment and awarding sessions.

The Foundation also partnered
with health personnel from the Mallam Atta Government Clinic to screen the
widows on health related conditions including HIV, blood pressure, sugar level,
and malaria.

Mrs Millicent Akoto,
Executive Director of the Foundation said it was estimated that there were over
245 million widows worldwide and nearly half of them and their children endured
violence, poverty, homelessness, violence, and discrimination.

She said
unfortunately, these human rights violations were often overlooked by authorities
and many civil society organisations and therefore it was for the purpose of
rectifying the situation that the united Nations instituted June 23 as an
annual official day to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood throughout the
world and to help address them.

“It is in light of
this that the Foundation celebrated the day to raise awareness about the plight
of widows such as suffering poverty and social injustice and also encouraged
the widows to be able to cope and adjust their lives to suit the situations
they found themselves in”, she said.

Mrs Akoto explained
that the Foundation’s other ways of supporting the over 300 hundred widows that
attended the programme was giving them monthly remittances from GH¢100.00 and
GH¢1,500.00, paying the school fees of their wards and giving them soft loans
to establish or enhance their businesses.

Mrs Mary Tobbin Osei,
Board Chairperson of the Foundation urged the widows to re-organise themselves
adding that widowhood was not by choice or a curse but a natural phenomenon
ordained by God.

Speaking on the United
Nations theme for the 2017 celebration, “Never Alone”, Mrs Tobbin Osei assured
widows that they were not alone since the Foundation understood their plight
and would continue to support them.

“We also want to alert
young married women not to be totally dependent on your husbands but rather
stand up and work because death is a natural occurrence which can occur in
their families hence the need to be prepared for any eventuality”, she said.

Dr Akosua Agyeman, an
Expert in Gerontology from the University of Ghana who orientated the widows on
“living life as a widow”, a topic chosen by the Foundation to address the local
concerns associated with the 2017 UN theme for the celebration urged the
elderly among the widows to refrain from undertaking very difficult tasks and
stressful conditions.

She advised them to
eat well, undertake simple exercises that would enable proper blood
circulation, and learn not to worry too much about less important issues.

The Foundation is a
Non-Governmental Organisation that manages the corporate social responsibility
interventions of all the Tobinco Group of Companies.

It supports vulnerable
groups including; widows, orphans, the aged, persons living with disabilities,
needy students, as well as persons with strange medical conditions and cannot
bear the costs of their treatment.

GNA

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