Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Jummai Ahmadu’s heart of gold

John Holmes aptly captures the essence of Mrs. Jummai Ahmadu when he said; “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

Over the past few years, the founder of Helpline Foundation based in Abuja has defied the odds to every December reach down and lift less privileged women to become assets to family and society.

The grand thing about Jummai’s outreach is that it is self-funding, without the fanfare and glitz of some ‘philanthropy,’ she just does not bring women together and hand them ‘packs of charity’ but teaches them how to fish.

As she has done over time, this December was no different as women from all backgrounds, faiths and tribes were brought together and put through the rudiments of bead making, confectionary making, soap and cream production amongst other skills empowerment small businesses.

What is ennobling of Mrs. Ahmadu’s gesture is that she is your next-door- neighbour, a regular civil servant without access to the deep recess of the nation’s treasury. Rather, she is armed with only her passion to help less endowed women find some dignity and uplift their families from the drudgery of living.

 

Finding a heart of gold is not far when one looks towards Mrs. Jummai Ahmadu. 

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