Worried by the prevalence of hunger and poverty in the country, a foundation has come out to help in this fight.
Aishah Adams, the foundation's Coordinator who narrated the reason behind its formation, stated that the initiative was born out of the need to help the challenged and needy women, single mothers, the divorcees and struggling families in the society through health advocacy, empowerment and support programs and health and food outreach programs.
Adams gave a profile of the foundation's interventionist programs further:
"Siddiqah is a Non-Governmental Organization which was born out of the need to help the challenged and needy women, single mothers, the divorcee and struggling families in our society through health advocacy, empowerment and support programs and health and food outreach programs for the past four years.
Beneficiaries of the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
We have constantly practiced food outreach program in the Islamic Month of Ramadan. The question of what happens to hungry individuals after the month of Ramadan gave birth to SIDDIQAH Street Kitchen, which was launched January 2017.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, over 13 million Nigerians are hungry and getting hungrier as the day passes by and are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.
Our hashtag is #iFeedNaija and we intend to feed the hungry population in Nigeria.
SIDDIQAH Street Kitchen is a mobile street kitchen and our intention is to move from one slum to another slum in Nigeria, feeding the less privileged regardless of their race or religion.
Food being served at the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
This one-day event comes up every month and we hope to extend it weekly.
WHAT WE INTEND TO ACHIEVE
- Create awareness on the hunger level in Nigeria
- Create awareness on food wastage and how leftover foods can be managed
- Bridge the gap in our differences since food unites us all
- Connect with the grassroots and people living in poverty
An hungry child savouring food at the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
- Establish food banks in strategic locations, where it can be accessible to the poor on weekly basis
- Feed and empower
SIDDIQAH has been working in Nigeria since 2013. We currently run our programs in Lagos and have been able to assist a few outside the Lagos environ.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED
Empowerment and Support:
- Since 2013, we have worked more on our empowerment scheme where we empower widows, divorcee and single mothers. We have successfully empowered 26 women and supported 42 struggling families with our financial aid plan.
- We launched an online health talk program on enRadio (the first Online Radio in Nigeria) in 2014, where we create awareness on cancer, stress and depression, and mental health issues. And we have successfully reached over 200 audiences.
A mother and her child benefited from the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
- We started SIDDIQAH STREET KITCHEN in January 2017, and we fed 981 in Idi-Araba and 1,970 in Oniru, Lagos. We hope to feed at least 24,000 less privileged by the end of this year.
- We have successfully distributed gift items which include clothes, shoes, mosquito nets and educational materials like school bags, shoes, books to at least 2 951 beneficiaries.
Another hungry child fed by the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
HOW WE RAISE FUNDS
- The outreach is funded through philanthropic donations and sales of branded t-shirts and e-posters.
- The use of social media has also been a great tool in raising funds.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
- You can help us raise awareness through your social media platforms on the hunger level in Nigeria and why SIDDIQAH is committed to healing the pain of hunger of the poor.
Waiting to be fed by the Siddiqah Street Kitchen
- Also, financial contributions are welcomed as well as donations of food and gift items mostly, which can be dropped off at our office in Surulere, Lagos.
Suggestions, partnership and sponsorship are highly welcomed."
See videos of Siddiqah Foundation Street Kitchen Projects here.