CBA Foundation, a Lagos-based Not for Profit organization, over the weekend, had its 7,500 STEPS walk, tagged Walk4Hope in the Lekki axis of Lagos on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The charity walk which is the highlight of a series of activities embarked upon by the organization since January 2017 is aimed at raising funds for the protection and support of underprivileged widows and their vulnerable children. Proceeds from the event are channeled into supporting programs that directly benefit the underprivileged widows and their children.
According to the Foundation, the five core areas to benefit from the proceeds of the event include women empowerment/capacity building, health, nutrition, quality basic education and self-employment scheme. Over 150 persons from various walks of life are expected to participate in this Walk. The Nigeria Youth Service Corps (NYSC) participated in the 2017 event, inculcating passion and compassion for the underprivileged as they gear towards entering the labor market.
According to the Chairman of the Foundation, Adesina Olufemi Adegunle PhD, the nurturing and caring for the underprivileged are the cornerstones of human progress. “CBA Foundation was created with the sole purpose of working with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, dehumanization, injustice, disease and discrimination placed on a widow and her child’s path”. He further stressed that the foundation launched the #CareIsAction campaign in recognition of the fact that care without action is not care at all.
“Every step counts! Every step you take brings us closer to offering hope to underprivileged widows and their children.
The founder, Mrs Chinwe Bode-Akinwande (CBA) added that CBA Foundation is dedicated to promoting the protection of widows primarily and their vulnerable children in Nigeria, to build immediate and lasting hope, confidence and courage in their lives.
The walk was preceded by aerobics which started by 7.00am while the walk kicked off at 7.20am at the Maruwa Bustop (second roundabout, Lekki, Lagos)
About CBA Foundation
CBA Foundation is a registered humanitarian organization under the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
From 2015 to date, CBA Foundation couldn’t have recorded these milestones without our donors, partners, supporters and volunteers under their 5point agenda…
1. Women empowerment/ capacity building: over 4,100 widows reached out to
2. Health intervention: over 670 underprivileged widows administered to
3. Nutrition: distributed food items to over 2,300 underprivileged widows
4. Quality basic education: 32 children reinstated in school
5. Self-employment scheme: 42 widows financially empowered to start a business of their own
Many widows are denied their rights, subjected to abuse and evilom their homes because they lost their husband, no form of inherit of property or land. Widows are forced into exploitative work to support themselves and their families. According to UN Women during the last International widows day – June 23, 2014 estimated 115 million widows currently live in poverty, and 81 million have suffered physical abuse, some from members of their own family. It has been observed by various studies that widowhood is an issue that affects more women than men.
Widows are more than victims; they are mothers, caregivers and heads of households. Widows of all ages and their children should be treated as full and equal citizens and their rights should be protected.
UN Women advocates for the empowerment of widows everywhere and supports this in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Part of our broader work in CBA Foundation is to set out to work in partnership with widows’ organizations so widows can live free of stigma and discrimination, with dignity, rights ad economic independence, and have a voice in decisions that affect their lives in the household and the public sphere.