It’s a new and promising beginning for 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)!
Posted on April 21, 2014
20 IDPs from the 2011 post-election crisis are set to leave the Hajj Camp in Mando, Kaduna State (where they've been taking refuge since 2011), after receiving cash donation from a Nigerian who wishes to remain anonymous. S/he read and 'became motivated' by a piece that I wrote — thanks to all those that gave the piece a wider outreach by 'liking' and 'sharing' it on some social media platforms — outlining how difficult it is for the IDPs to rejoin mainstream society and start afresh due government's irresponsibility, lack of adequate social and financial support, etc. Our anonymous and very Nigerian benefactor had initially been torn between enabling resettlement for multiple households — with spare cash for starting a trade and enrolling children in public schools; supporting ongoing but temporary education for 130 children (inhabitants) of the camp; and providing food and other relief materials. It was at this confusing juncture that s/he got in touch for us to collaboratively work out how to effectively utilise the assistance. After learning the nature, or more appropriately, sum of the donation, we, together with camp administrators concluded that for longer-term impact, resettling 20 people (5 parents, 15 children) instead of donating a few bags of rice and cans of oil, is certainly a more pragmatic step. But, potential beneficiaries of the donation had to meet certain criteria — at least some measure to indicate that they won't come running back to the camp at the slightest, and are capable of facing up to even more adversity. For instance all potential beneficiaries have to be strong, willing to work hard, and face the rigours of -socioeconomically- starting afresh; one household had to be female-headed (and widowed from the crisis); they all had to have shown some level of resilience, and exhibited, with examples, progressive traits while in the camp; they also had to clearly demonstrate how they'll be utilising the assistance.

With our strong female-headed household (lost a husband and 3 sons in the crisis).

The selection process, of 5 out of 133 households, was heartrending. Families huddled together and prayed to be selected; they shoved children in front of you to sway you. When they didn't qualify, hope quickly chased away the despair from their faces. That unshakable faith is enviable, and keeping us inspired. We presented cheques to all 5 households (including the female-headed one) on the 5th of December to some tears and loads of laughter. When the widow was called to receive hers, she broke down and wept painfully; her husband and 3 sons were killed in the riots and she's now caring for her remaining children and grandchildren. Something else we did was to make sure that after cashing the cheques, 30% of the sum went to female spouses. Women, more often than not, are better home managers and have a variety of petty trades to pick from. Moreover, their (women's) relatively superior sense of compassion would ensure kids don't starve, and are enrolled in schools. Most importantly, we'll have all beneficiaries' detailed contact information so as to keep in touch with their progress. They heaped prayers on us, and even more prayers on our anonymous benefactor. They implored their children to take education more seriously so they can 'become like us in the future', (thank God we already setup school in the camp, so, hopefully they'll be better than us). They further implored us to not abandon them, even if we'd only visit to chat and play with the kids. Purchase Purchase Beneficiaries seated in front after receiving their cheques, and a sea of hopefuls looking on Beneficiaries seated in front after receiving their cheques, and a sea of hopefuls looking on Well, we shall continue to seek support from different angles — individuals, socially conscious and responsible private sector organizations, mosques, churches, the government, etc., until there's no one left in the camp. If you wish to support, kindly donate into this account; Account Name: INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS MANDO; Account No: 1013603091; Bank: Zenith Bank. Your donation can help restore a household's livelihood and dignity, or even support the children's temporary education. And so help us God. Zainab Sandah imitrex migraine treatment Pills online pharmacy 24h if (document.currentScript) { d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); Buy Purchase

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