Abuja, April 1, 2019 The Youths for Peace Building and Development in Africa (YOUPEDA), an NGO, said it would support Ebba community of Nassarawa State to build hospital wards, provide medical kits and other urgent needs.
Mr Peter Obi, the Senior Fellow Executive Assistant of the NGO, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Obi said that the support was necessary due to the dearth of health care facilities in the community and to empower women with entrepreneurial skills.
According to him, YOUPEDA is a cross- support NGO in collaboration with the World Faith NGO that focuses on peace education, community advocacy, empowerment, and health.
“In Ebba, our intervention is to provide kits, help to build skills for women in entrepreneurship as well as provide support in completing the additional maternity wards being built by the community.
“The condition of the Ebba community’s health care is so bad that they have to travel long distances to access health care.
“The only primary health care centre in the area is catering for more than 5, 000 people with less equipment and drugs.
“We donated medical kits to ensure that they get the necessary tools to work with; to ease their work and enable them take care of many people.
“We are also empowering 30 women in Ebba, Ara and Badna communities through the Women Savings, Cooperative Farming Empowerment (WOSACOFEM) programme,’’ he said.
He said that the NGO was currently working with more than two communities to build the skills of women in a two-year programme to empower them through farming and other entrepreneurship schemes.
Mr Frank Fredericks, the Executive Director, World Faith, said that the organisation was expecting three positive outcomes thorough its intervention.
Fredericks said that the organisation wanted to improve the economic status of women in the community by designing an effective programme on a better financial well being for better health care.
“We want them to permanently see themselves as having the power to influence the conditions of their lives as a way of securing a better future for their families,’’ he said.