Victoria Onyeme, 40 lost her husband Linus on April 2007. She was at the time living with her husband and four children in Asaba the Delta State capital. AT the time of his death, Linus a plumber and petit businessman was the breadwinner of the family.
His death was, therefore, a devastating blow to Victoria who had to find a means of survival as well as cater for four Children “I was devastated and confused. I just did not know what to do. I lost all hope” recalls Victoria recently. But ICWECD intervened, assisting with food and other necessities for the widow and her children.
And once Victoria had recovered and regained moral, ICWECD sent her to Lagos to train in hat-making. She returned to Asaba one year afterwards to enrol at ICWECD’s Skill Acquisition Center to perfect her hat-making skill and also took additional training in fashion. She was among the pioneer trainees of fashion design at the Skill Acquisition Center of ICWECD.
During her training programme, ICWECD housed Victoria and her children, provided for them and supported the children in school. On completion of her training at the centre, Victoria was employed as an instructor at ICWECD’s Skill Acquisition Center, she worked at ICWECD for five years before setting up her fashion House. Today Victoria is doing comfortably well as a self-employed fashion designer in Asaba.
Her eldest son Favour has completed his secondary education. He is seeking to enter the University later this year. Jennifer her third child and the first daughter is in SS11, while the last daughter and last child Angel who was only 5 days old then, is in junior secondary school.” I have every reason to give thanks to God. ICWECD was very helpful and instrumental to what I am today. I don’t know what could have been the situation if ICWECD was not there for us. I am very grateful to Barr. Bridget Anyafulu, the founder of ICWECD. She is a wonderful person. I always pray to God to bless her bountifully” said Victoria reminiscing about her life recently.