The food items which include rice, beans, millet, noodles, seasoning and oil were distributed to the suburbs of Asha Awuce at Malali, Kaduna and Rigasa train station community.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the partnership was done under the theme; `Humanity Partnership Project’ to assist vulnerable households in Muslim and Christian communities at Rigasa and Asha Awuce areas of Malali respectively.
The Coordinator of the NGOs, Aminu Bashir, the Founder of Gracious Givers Foundation, said there were about 12 NGOs who partnered and participated in the success of the exercise.
“The partnership would go a long way to ensure we hold another humanitarian exercise quarterly to reach the suburbs where government assistance rarely or never reached.
“The ravaging effect of the COVID-19 prompted us to this action and we are calling on other NGOs to do the same to suburbs where they feel need assistance.
“We are calling on the government at various levels to assist such kinds of NGOs with grants to enable them easily do their duties and reach out to vulnerable communities.
“If we are using our personal income to engage in such kinds of exercises, what do you think if we get some grants or assistance from the government,” Bashir asked?
Similarly, the Branch Coordinator of Pan African Youth for Societal Development (PAYSOD), Usman Jere, said the exercise would be sustained and more communities would be reached.
He also called on corporate organisations and public-spirited individuals to support their initiative so that more communities could benefit from it at this critical time of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Speaking during the distribution exercise, the Founder of Jamar Health Foundation, Dr Maryam Jallo, said the vulnerable people were those who needed to be assisted at such a critical time.
“There are many people who feed from hand to mouth and as the COVID-19 pandemic got the economy to a bad state, vulnerable people need to at least once in a while get good and nutritious food,” Jallo said.
She called on the communities to ensure strict compliance with the rule of social distancing, washing of hands frequently under running water with soap and embracing self-isolation.
While appreciating the NGOs, Mr Thomas Yari, the Community Leader of Unguwan Mai Samari, Layin Asha Awuce of Malali, said there had never been such a kind gesture showed to his community.
“We are very happy to be remembered. There has never been such kind of gesture brought to our community and we hope it will keep on coming.
“We pray that God Almighty continues to bless you and replenish your purse for giving out to the needy during this COVID-19 hardship,” Yari said.
NAN reports that the NGOs who took part and contributed to the exercise include Kaduna Mid Youth Forum, Practical Muslim Organisation, Haan Foundation, Juvenile Aid Foundation, Al-Hawariyun Foundation, TEE4’S Girls Foundation, Muzaif Foundation and Teworh Foundation.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)