By Isiyaku Ahmed, Kano
Peace Initiative Networks – PIN gave 500 face masks and 40 bags of food palliatives to community members to assist households who are going through tough times surviving the hardship of covid-19 lockdown in sections of Tarauni and Kumbotso local government areas Kano State. Each bag contains 10kg of rice, cartoon of spaghetti, 3-liter groundnut oil, 1 packet of salt and food seasoning.
Beneficiaries were carefully selected through a process that involves religious and community leaders, ward heads and leaders of community-based organizations.
Speaking at the event held at Social Welfare Center, Gyadi-Gyadi, PIN Executive Director, Dr. Michael Femi Sodipo said his organization is aware of the hardship occasioned by the lockdown in Kano State and how households are feeding from hand to mouth, it is in view of that his organization decided to do something to support the most vulnerable people in Gyadi-Gyadi Arewa and Sheka Sabon-Abuja sections of Tarauni and Kumbotso Local Government Areas of Kano State.
The Mai-ungwa, Gyadi-Gyadi Arewa, Alh. Usman Musa thanked PIN for its kind gesture. He said they items will go a long way in sustaining the families of the beneficiaries for a long period of time. He prayed that Allah continue to bless and provide for PIN and the beneficiaries.
On his part, Mai-ungwa Sheka sabon-Abuja Alh. Usman Musa Zakari said his community members will not forget PIN in a hurry for its compassionate considerations in terms of community welfare and human capital development. PIN had provided us with bore-holes, trained our young people and also provided them working equipment to be self-reliant; I am short of words to use in thanking Dr. Femi and his organization….. may Allah bless you more and more, he concluded.
Hajia Sadiya Ibrahim, a beneficiary who is also the woman leader at Sheka sabon-Abuja, was full of appreciations, she called on women to apply their home management skills in using the items, though small but it will go along way if well managed, she said.
Peace Initiative Network or PIN is a nongovernmental organization working in the area of peace and human capital development. To promote peace, the organization has been facilitating community cohesion, bridging ethno-religious divides and empowering young people in a way that it directly impacts their lives. So far, over three thousand  young people have benefited from its empowerment initiative in Kano, Nigeria.
2020, the year of coronavirus, PIN is looking to give food handouts to 500 households, train and empower well over 100 young people, widows and orphans in in different vocations in two local government areas of Kano State.