By Seatrules Eziokwu
Delta Ibo Women Association (DIWA) based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA have distributed food items, facemasks, hand sanitizers and other valuables to widows, aged and needy women in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
While addressing the beneficiaries mostly drawn from Umutu, the President of DIWA, Mrs Roseline Balfour stated that DIWA has three cardinal thrusts which are integrity, love and support. She disclosed that DIWA has distributed palliatives worth several millions of naira across communities in the state; “this is not the first place that we are distributing food items to people, the truth is, just as our name implies, we have gone round almost all the communities in Delta North reaching out to the needy, the aged and widows amongst us”, she said.
Mrs Balfour who spoke through Snr. Comr. Ochor Felix (JP) noted that, the group understands the difficulties and hardship caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus across the globe and the need to reach out to people in their little way hence their intervention.
The group enlightened the beneficiaries on COVID-19 preventive measures such as regular hand washing under running water with soap, the use of hand sanitizers, the proper use of facemask especially in public places amongst other guidelines.
DIWA established the fact that COVID-19 is real and so is hunger. According to them, “while there are many preventive measures to curb the spread and transmission of the virus there are very few ways of controlling hunger – availability of food and eating. DIWA is here today and always to support you,” she added.
Some of the items distributed include; bags of bean, bags of rice, cartons of vegetable oil, cartoons of noodles, onions, salt, eggs, facemasks and hand sanitizers.
In their separate remarks, the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Delta Ibo Women Association and prayed God to continue to bless the group especially one of their daughters, Mrs Fidelia Ossai-Chukumah who served as the immediate past president of the group.