By Abdullahi Alhassan,Kaduna

A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Haske Peace Development Initiative (HPDI), has sensitized orphans, widows, people living with disability and other less privileged on the need to be self reliant as every human being has a role to play in bringing positive impact to the society.

HPDI, who set to empowered widows, orphans and less-privileged youth and women from different settlements in Jema’a Local Government Area in Southern part of Kaduna state with different type of skills acquisition and grant, expressed that economic empowerment is the key to human development.

Speaking on the theme; Self-Reliance: The Key for Human Development, the Program Manager, Alhaji Ilyasu Musa, said the need for establishing and building cordial relationship between followers of different faith in the area that witnessed pockets of crisis is what informed the decision of organizing the training and the empowerment.

He said poverty is a disease that poses many lives in danger, hence the need for sensitization and economic empowerment to the needy. Ilyasu also called on the beneficiaries to use the golden opportunity and be self reliant.

The Founder of the NGO, Auwal Ibrahim Shehu, who speak through it’s Director, Ahmed Ali, said the gesture was in line with the group’s core value of providing and empowering vulnerable in the society.

According to him, the organisation’s aim is to provide means of unity and peace, encouraged the participation of men and women in various entrepreneurship development programs through petty trading and production that will leads to peace and development in Nigeria.

Also, the NGO is to operate orphanage homes and schools, building hospitals and conducting medical outreach to vulnerable, victims of crisis and orphans.

“The other part of our projects is to provide hygienically clean water in rural and semi-urban communities in Nigeria, environmental protection and climate change, and to work towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for community growth, education and social transformation.

“We also want to safeguard the right of children in need, more particularly children exposed to any form of abuse and to provide social, educational and economic empowerment to people living with disabilities, among others.” He added

“We have registered with Federal Government under Corporate Affairs Commission and intend to be a nationwide NGO that will operate in the 36 states of the federation including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, but now we are in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government in Kaduna state.

“In line with our vision, we are here to have this category of people trained and empowered to improve their livelihood.

“We observed that most homes have either single mother, widows, orphans, PLWDs especially in the rural and semi-urban communities and many of them earn little or nothing as income to meet their needs.

“Although we are committed to providing assistance to single mothers in all categories, widows in rural areas need empowerment and succour too,” said.

“We are interested in ambitious individuals coming from less privileged community because the essence is to make life meaningful for them so that at the end of the day they will be useful to themselves and the nation,” he said.

He called on philanthropists, National and International Organizations, corporate organizations and individuals of goodwill to identify with the NGO in providing succour for widows, orphans and other vulnerable.