An organisation, Bintalya First Foundation (BFF), says it has being distributing food items to vulnerable people in Kaduna for four days to ease hardship occasioned by curfew to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Hajiya Binta Hamidu-Haruna, said on Tuesday that the gesture was to ameliorate the sufferings of vulnerable people in Kaduna amidst the 24 hours curfew imposed by the state government.
The CEO added that the beneficiaries of the food items were cut across Unguwan Rimi, Tudun Wada, Unguwan Sanusi, Badikko, Hayin Danmani, some part of Rigasa and Mando which are suburb areas and only few from the Kaduna metropolis.
“BFF which primarily focuses on economic wellbeing of people, empowering and educating the youths felt the necessity to assist daily-wage earners amidst the Coronavirus lockdown.
“For the last three days, BFF had been delivering relief packages including macaroni and spaghetti noodles, maggi, salt, rice and tomato pastes which we give to vulnerable people in Kaduna.
“We made our mobile numbers available and open to the public to call and request for assistance and we deliver the packages to them having certified their vulnerability and level of needs.
“The Coronavirus lockdown had cooped most of us at home, at the other end of the spectrum, however, a majority of the people of Kaduna are struggling to make ends meet.
“Such people either work as daily wage earners, street vendors, labourers or less privileged who are terribly affected by the economic and social repercussions of the Coronavirus.
“With the 24 hours curfew in Kaduna, not only the less privileged or vulnerable have run out of work but have also lost their only means to obtain a square meal for themselves and their families.
“Apart from that, they also are most vulnerable to the disease because of their inability to access hygiene products like soaps, sanitisers, disinfectants and even clean running water.
“Calamities like these, however, help us restate our compassion for humanity, various citizen-led groups and NGOs across the country should come forward to help by providing all the necessary items needed at this point in time,” she urged.
The CEO confirmed that BFF had often been receiving calls from new locations within Kaduna requesting for help.
She also said that BFF reaches out to like minds in person and association to assist in widespread of humanitarian services within and out of the nation and would continue to sustain the service until things get better.
“We need more funds to help because the demands are much, we are calling on the government and other active state machineries to assist by making donations to ameliorate the hardship as caused by the situation,” Hamidu-Haruna said.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Muhammad Suleiman Tola