Oct 20, 2017

Thanks to your support...

Naomi working on her farmland
Naomi working on her farmland

1.3 million children have been forced to flee their homes from conflict in North East Nigeria. There are thousands of families struggling in temporary camps where disease and hunger are rife. Street Child's project is empowering 160 families to set up small businesses to be able to afford basic care and education for their children.

Thanks to your support, we have been able to support mothers to set up and expand their business so they can support their children. Mothers like Naomi: 

Naomi is the sole parent of 10 children. After her husband was killed by Boko Haram, she made the impossible decision to flee their home to save herself and her children. 

She fled to the New Kuchingoro refugee camp, desparate, homeless and terrified for her children's futures. 

"The situation has put me in a difficult position, by playing the role of father and mother to my children at the same time." she says. 

"To flee from Boko Haram and further attack on us, we left Borno state to settle in New Kuchingoro refugee camp in Abuja. My children's education is a concern for me." 

Naomi was determined to rebuild her life for the sake of her family, and to find a way to make money to support her children through their schooling.

Now, thanks to the support of people like you, Naomi has been able to get their lives back on track.
‘I currently have one hectare of farmland,’ adds Naomi, from her farm in Kaburu, in Nasarawa, nearby to the New Kuchingoro camp.

With Street Child's support Naomi could buy what she needed to develop a sustainable source of income. Naomi has been able to buy chemicals for her farm, putting an end to insect infestation and increase the value of her produce - meaning she can afford to take care of her children and begin to plan for the future.

‘After harvesting the produce in the next two months, I will keep some for family consumption and
sell some. The money I make can then the re-invested for the next season.

‘The grant has made life easier for me and my family, and I am proud of my children.’

Thank you for your support. Together we are changing lives. 

Sep 28, 2017

Supporting Conflict-Impacted Children in Nigeria

Naomi - the mother who has rebuilt her business
Naomi - the mother who has rebuilt her business

Over 1.3 million children are out of school. Families have been forced to flee their homes and leave everything behind. Living in temporary camps, they are unable to make an income and struggle to feed and educate their children. 

The key for Nigeria’s future is to be able to support its people in rebuilding their lives in sustainable ways, that will help break the cycle of aid. It’s about investing in the future, in supporting people to rebuild businesses and invest in their children’s education.

People who arrive in the New Kuchingoro camp are vulnerable: many have had to leave behind everything, others have lost relatives and most have seen unimaginable horrors.

This means that business grants and other sustainable forms of support are vital in helping them get back on their feet. Thanks to your support, as well as offering schooling for children in the camp, Street Child have been able to provide vocational skills training for mothers to help them establish their businesses, mothers like Naomi. 

Naomi has been able to buy chemicals for her farm, putting an end to insect infestation and increase the value of her produce - meaning she can afford to take care of her children and begin to plan for the future.

 ‘After harvesting the produce in the next two months, I will keep some for family consumption and sell some. The money I make can then be re-invested for the next season.

‘The grant has made life easier for me and my family, and I am proud of my children.’

Thank you for supporting us to help mothers like Naomi to send their children to school. If you would like to learn more about Street Child's work, visit www.street-child.co.uk/nigeria

 

Apr 26, 2017

Update 3 - the girls return to school

An update on our project

From the marketplace, this town looks deceptively small. Clusters of houses spread back into the scrubland, but as we head past the school, more and more buildings come in to view between the trees. In total, around 8,000 people live in the community.

We are here to meet some teen mothers. They are pleased to see us, as most have been back in class for two semesters thanks to the new Street Child programme. “School is a good place to be, I like learning”, said Maria, a 15-year old we spoke to outside her house, her five brothers and sisters playing nearby. None of them are enrolled in school.

Maria was out of school for four years. Most of the girls we speak to have been out of school for over two years, and many did not start going to class until they were ten years old. It is harder for girls to stay in school; sexual activity and underage pregnancy are critical issues – particularly given the financial constraints on families after Ebola. Jessica left school aged 13 and then fell pregnant - “Girls do not get the support boys get for schooling – my parents could not afford to pay for mine, but they paid for my brother’s. After I left school, for a couple of years I got involved in with sexual activity and I fell pregnant.

“I had to leave school when I became pregnant, but so did a lot of girls”, said Aminata, whose daughter, Fatmata, is now a year old. “It is hard, you fall behind on your education, which is important. Thankfully I’m back in school now, which makes me happy.

Thanks to your support we have been able to help teenage mothers return to school. The business grants enable the girls to go back to school, as their own mothers or caregivers can now afford to look after the baby. They can start a small business or shop whilst caring for the children. Street Child also supports the family by providing school uniform and supplies for the girls - hidden costs that can be prohibitive.

 
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