The Shamies Unusual Hearts Foundation has put smiles on the faces of 150 widows and their households with the donation of food items and cash gifts.
The event, which held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Abuja, had excited widows and their households going home with food-items and cash gifts.
Speaking during the outreach, the founder, and Executive Director of the foundation, Amb. Saratu Abdul, said the essence of the outreach is to cushion the negative effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was felt by several persons across the country, but worse with certain categories of Nigeria’s demographic, with the widows being at the forefront of these deprivation.
She further stated that her choice of celebrating with widows is in tandem with the current economic realities of the country which has made it difficult for many widows to feed and cater for their household.
Abdul who is known for her humanitarian gesture noted that her love for giving was informed by the series of experiences that she had while growing up, noting that life was not a bed of roses, and that she will continue to give as long as she lives.
Some of the beneficiaries who could not hide their excitement thanked the founder and the organisation for the kind gesture, while urging other organisations to emulate all that Shamies foundation was doing to make life a better place for the disadvantaged.
Established in 2019 with a mission to rehabilitate, empower and reintegrate ex-convicts into the society: through a wide range of advocacy, representation, trainings, and support programmes, the foundation has since its inception carried out various medical and humanitarian outreaches and sponsored the release of over 100 inmates with minor crime charges in major correctional facilities across Nigeria.
The organisation has also provided training and interventions for well over two hundred families, inmates, and ex-convicts through its transition program FROM CORRECTION CENTERS TO COMMUNITY (FCTC).
At the peak of the Covid pandemic, the foundation distributed hand sanitizers, soap, and buckets to keep facilities clean and secure for both inmates and Correctional Officers.