A total of 1000 vulnerable women and persons living positive with HIV/AIDS have been trained on various skill acquisitions by a Bauchi based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Rahma Women Development Programme to enable them live a normal life independent of others in the society.
Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Miriam Iliya made this known at the inauguration of Board of Trustees in Bauchi on Friday stating that, “We embarked on the trainings in collaboration with the support of some international partners, the training was conducted within the period of nine months.”
Miriam Iliya added that, “The NGO is committed to make the trainees to become employers of labour in the future and be self reliance. The beneficiaries includes the People Living with HIV/AIDs and other vulnerable women whom were trained on different skills acquisitions such as Tailoring, Knitting, Barbing, Hair dressing saloon, Pomade and soap making and baking.”
She added that, “We also give counselling to (PLWHA) to let them know that being positive is not the end of their lives and also disabuse their mind on the stereotype.”
She however reminded the newly inaugurated Board members that they are the custodians of the NGO and to always ensure the right things go in the right direction.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman Board of Directors, Rahma Women Development Alhaji Bello Inuwa said the NGO had implemented several projects through international partners in various sectors that impact positively to the lives of people of Bauchi State.
“We carry out interventions in different various sectors such as health, education, water sanitation and hygiene, and micro finance credit facilities to women,” he said
Inuwa Bello then urged government at all levels to support local NGOs to improve the lives of the citizens noting that, “it is only the NGOs that interact much with the grass roots people for implementation of projects.”