20th Oct 2016, marks the graduation of orphans and vulnerable children who were trained on various skills, earlier supported and empowered by the Strengthening Integrated Delivering On HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) funded by the USAID. The community programme is implimented by FHI 360 in providing succour to the people infected by HIV/AIDS in the state.
In a speech delivered by wife of the executive governor of Adamawa state, ably represented by permanent secretary ministry for women Affairs, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello, “ I feel delighted with the delivery of this Economic empowerment materials from the American people”. She called on beneficiaries make good use of the materials that will be given to them. She further called on caregivers of children without birth certificate to get them as they are available in all primary health care across the state.
In his address, the state coordinator , Association of orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria (AONN) Adamawa state branch, Malam. Gambo Jika said” All the OVC and OVC households under FHI 360 will be handle over to state government for ownership. He called on all CBOS, CSOs and FBOs who are into OVS or projects to fully register with State ministry for women Affairs and Social development and AONN for effective cordination. Finally, he lauds the efforts of FHI 360 for their enormous contribution over the years in supporting and strengthening the health system especially I relating to HIV/AIDS services in the state. To the beneficiaries, Malam. Gambo Jika urged them to to utilise the materials given to them.
Materials given to them are; Pots, food flask, sewing machines, knitting machine, grinding machine etc.
Those who were present are; Permanent secretary ministry for women Affairs, programme manager FHI 360, representative of UN women, ministry for health, SACA, ministry for women Affairs, caregivers, orphans and vulnerable children.
BY : AISHA SAAD
Ministry of women affairs, Yola