The Niger State Coordinator of the Arewa Development Support Initiative, ADSI, Halima U. Ndanusa, has disclosed that the initiative has so far empowered about 599 people in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that ADSI is a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization founded in 2019 by Khuraira Musa, a humanitarian and celebrity makeup artist based in the U.S.
With presence across the 19 Northern states, the initiative is the coming together of good-hearted Northerners using God-given talent, finances, and their time to rebuild Arewa for all, regardless of one’s political inclination, religious beliefs or tribal sentiments.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN on Thursday, Mrs Ndanusa said that the support provided by the initiative cut across education, trade and skills acquisition.
According to her, the beneficiaries of the program included less-privileged pupils, petty traders and women.
She said: “Our group provides various training programs which include educational support to pupils, trade support as well as skill acquisition training to beneficiaries’ etc.
“For our Greenhouse program we have trained 10 people so far, while we have trained 18 others in Cosmetology.
“We have been also been able to provide educational support to 541 pupils and provided trade support to 30 others.”
When asked about sources of funds, the coordinator said funds used in the programs are generated through N2000 monthly contributions by members of the initiative.
She said: “The funds used to run the programs are generated by a monthly contribution of 2000 Naira by the group’s members in the 19 Northern states in the country.”
Mrs Ndanusa, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to support theinitiative, saying that “nothing is too small to give”.
“We call upon all philanthropic Nigerians with the love of humanity to extend their hands to us for the development of our state and region as a whole.