HDI-Empowerment Trust Fund (ETF) for orphans and widows’ children Distribution of education materials to beneficiaries

Thursday 10th of September 2015, was a memorable day in the lives of ETF beneficiaries and their parents/ guardiaDSCN4310ns who gathered at the Human Development Initiatives Office complex to receive education packs. The packs handed down to beneficiaries contained school bags, mathematical set, exercise books and school sandals; parents of beneficiaries were also presented with money for their school uniforms at the event. While speaking at the event, the Acting Executive Director of Human Development Initiatives, and Director of the HDI-ETF scheme, Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye noted that lack of important education materials such as were being handed over to beneficiaries, as well as the non-availability of generous schemes which can provide for indigent students may hamper the actualization of the Universal Basic Education goal. She therefore urged parents/guardians to monitor the academic progress of their children and see to their overall welfare, while ensuring that the money given for uniforms were not diverted into parents’ personal needs. She also charged beneficiaries of the scheme (orphans, children of widows/widowers) to be up and doing, noting that their excellent academic performance would encourage HDI and her several partners to continue with the scheme. She also promised that the organisation would purchase all  the necessary textbooks needed by beneficiaries and therefore directed them to present the organisation with copies of their list ofDSCN4345 books for the academic session, to  be  subsequently provided.