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YWCAN shops for N1.2bn for hostel

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria will raise N1.2bn  to build a female hostel   for  those  in need of a temporary lodge in the Federal Capital Territory.

The fund will also be used to construct a secretariat, which will have offices for rent to generate income for  funding YWCAN activities.

The YWCAN Fund-raiser Adviser, Dr. Ejike Oji, who said this at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, explained that the YWCAN with over 40,000 members and 130 branches in 27 states, would also build a skill-acquisition centre as well as meeting and training halls for the use of the organisation and the general public.

According to him, the fund-raising which will hold on March 6, 2014 at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, will attract philanthropists and other public-spirited individuals that cared about girls’ and women development.

Oji noted that the YWCAN, which is the oldest non-political grass-roots organisation in the world,  planned to complete and renovate its hostel complex in Lagos, including a school, a skills acquisition centre, a church, hostels, and offices.

The adviser stated that the association would provide contemporary empowerment programme for women in business, as well as etiquette training for young women.

The YWCAN National President, Mrs. Hwongchun Majak, said that the organisation would conduct sensitisation workshops and trainings on issues of women’s health like breast cancer, cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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