A Non Governmental Organisation, NGO with the name, Turning Point Foundation has disbursed the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira each to 20 widows.
The Twenty Thousand Naira was given to the widows to start up small scale businesses.
The founder of the foundation, Pastor Dr. Azemhe Azena gave the money to the widows on his 40th birthday celebration in Benin city, the Edo State capital.
Pastor Azena also handed over some landed documents to some pastors who are working with him in his ministry,known as Omega Fire Ministry.
Pastor Azemhe Azena gave the reason behind the empowerment, “It is part of me to empower people that was why I founded “Azemhe Azena Turing point foundation “, it is to empower the Widows and also those who have renounced cultism among others. I did it on my birthday because today mark one of my happiest day in my life.”
He went further to mention the total number of people the foundation has empowered since it was established.
“We have empowered 35 Widows and 82 People that have renounced from cultism, arm robbers and various crimes, totally we have empowered above a hundred from September till now, to exclude the ones we empowered today ,“ he said.
Pastor Azena disclosed how the foundation was founded, “The little I have, I share with people, people think I am rich when they see me empower people but I don’t have much”.
He appealed for partnership to help fund the foundation, “ I am using this opportunity to tell people they can be part of the foundation because the finance will be well utilized. There are windows and orphans that need your help.”
Azena explained some other humanitarian works the foundation has done.
“We also have given power supplies to some communities who don’t have light, we have renovated some roads and schools in the state.”
He mentioned some of their challenges in the foundation, “We are looking for Partnership because presently now we have about 200 people who need to be empowered and if you do not empower those renounces from cultism, they may want to go back to their former life’s, also to have movable vehicles that will move us from one place to another. Presently, it is only Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki that have shown interest to assist the foundation.”
He said people should learn how to give with the little resource they have, they should not wait until they have much before helping.
The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki who was represented by the Commissioner of Youth and Special Duties, Honourable Damian Lawani said he was impressed about those empowered by the Azemhe Azena foundation.
“I am not only impressed but I am touched and change. Pastor Azemhe Azena is a real man of God, he is not only celebrating his birthday but also empowering lives around him and the governor is really impressed as a man at his age has made these wonderful contributions to humanity and to us in Edo State we also celebrate youths,” he said.
He stated that Pastor Azemhe Azena has empowered the lives of many during his 40th years when he will clock 50th years he would do more in Edo State.
“The governor of Edo state is interested in the youths because this period of election that people are interested in election, the governor is interested in the next generation to take care of the youths in the State.”
Some of the beneficiaries from the foundation were very excited about the programme, one of the beneficiaries Mrs. Alice Peter who is a widow, expressed her feelings, “I am grateful to God for the money. I will use the money to start up a business to sell pure water, biscuits and sweet.”
Another beneficiary, who was given a landed property, as one of the pastors in the church, Pastor Ilare Ekena was excited, he said: “When you are serving someone, it is not your right to ask. I am excited and I appreciate Pastor Azemhe Azena because he don’t compromise.”
Azemhe Azena Turing point foundation has be in existence for a long time but it was formerly established on the 13th Of September, 2019.
The Founder has traveled to 64 nations across the globe to preach the Gospel.
He said the foundation was not for only the members of Omega Fire Ministry but to all who need financial assistants and also those who want to renounce cultism.