COVID-19: Netherlands-based NGO Gives Relief Materials To Vulnerable Group In Akwa Ibom

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By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo

No fewer than 100 vulnerable women selected across communities in Ikot Ekpene and Abak local government areas of Akwa Ibom State have received relief materials to cushion the effect of the dreaded COVID-19 on them and families.
The materials ranged from facemasks, cartons of noodles, tomato, bags of rice, beans, garri and other edible items.
Courtesy of the donors, a Netherlands based non-governmental organisation under the aegis of Akwa Ibom/Cross River States Association, Netherlands, (AKCROSS) UNION NL and Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands, in partnership with Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene, District 9142, GRA Province. 
The show of love which the beneficiaries smiled home, took place at the premises of Primary Health Centre, Library Avenue, Ikot Ekpene on Monday.

In a goodwill message, the representative of Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands, Anne Edet who also represented the President, AKCROSS UNION, Netherlands, Mr. John Akpanson said, the Union aim at supporting and empowering their people in Netherlands, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in Nigeria, having been deeply touched by their
suffering due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

He said, “We thought we should contribute our quota to support the
most vulnerable people in our communities by providing relief
materials to these sometimes forgotten group of people. The programme will benefit 100 indigent families in Ikot Ekpene and Abak local government areas. We do this, knowing that some of our people’s livelihood has been negatively affected by the pandemic. We hoped that
our support can help make it a little easier for them.”

He lauded their partners, The Hague’s Rotary Club, Netherlands for showing so much love to people 6000 km away from them and also thanked the Rotary Club in Ikot Ekpene and Abak local government areas for partnering with them to ensure that the palliatives got to the targeted audience which are the venerable
persons in the society and the widows.

Akpanson noted that, the event was the third time in the series of
such assistance by the NGO to Akwa Ibom people since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic and called on other well-meaning individuals and organisations to continue to support the less privileged people in the society.

The representative of the Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Ekpene
Metro District 9142, GRA Province, Mr. Ubong Obot, appreciated AKCROSS Association in Netherland and the Rotary Club of Hague, Netherlands for the gesture and for partnering the Rotary Club of Ikot Ekpene to distribute relief materials to vulnerable women in Ikot Ekpene and Abak local government areas of the state.

He assured them of their continued partnership to ensure that they
strive to make life meaningful for those set of individuals in the
state.

In their separate responses being beneficiaries, Madam Sifon Mathew and Nsinyene Lucky, thanked the donors for their show of love and for remembering them in the present trying time.

According to them, as widows, the NGO kind gesture of providing for
them at this times of need and global devastation would go a long way in helping them and they prayed that, God should bless and reward them abundantly.

They called on other well to do indigenes of the state living in the
country and outside to emulate the kind gesture of AKCROSS, as such would show a greater sense of belonging and they care for not well to do in the communities.

The event also featured health talks on breast cancer and its prevention, COVID-19 preventive protocols and on birth control.

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