Thank you so much for helping to fund ChildVoice’s vocational training programs for Boko Haram victims and other war-affected youth in Nigeria. We are thrilled to report that we’re now 80 percent of the way to our funding goal!
In the past quarter, our Nigeria team continued to finalize plans for the new Youth Empowerment Center at the Malkohi internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, which will enable them to expand and enhance the skills training offerings they are currently providing to traumatized Nigerian adolescents. We are also in the process of drilling a borehole (water well) to serve the new center. A reliable water source is crucial for students to enjoy skills training programs ranging from agriculture to bakery.
In our last Report, we mentioned that we have a new boys’ program underway, and boys were learning basic electrical skills. We have now acquired a small plot of farmland for our new boys’ agricultural program, and our students have already planted corn! Vocational skills training sessions for adolescent girls continue in other areas as we search for a second plot of land for the girls’ farm program.
Again, thank you for being a force for good in the lives of displaced Nigerian youth. You make change happen!
Apr 21, 2021
Skills Training for War-Affected Adolescent Boys Begins!
By Conrad Mandsager - ChildVoice CEO and President
A training session on basic electric circuits
Thank you so much for helping to fund ChildVoice’s vocational training programs for Boko Haram victims and other war-affected youth in Nigeria. We’re now less than $3,000 away from reaching our funding goal!
ChildVoice now has over 200 adolescent girls enrolled in programs at the Malkohi internally displaced persons (IDP) camp. Current training sessions for girls include perfume making and salon (hairdressing). We completed training sessions in handbag making at the end of 2020. Some students are now making handbags on their own.
ChildVoice staff also led THRIVE training sessions in Mubi earlier this year. THRIVE is ChildVoice’s program that teaches girls in refugee settlements how to sew and use reusable menstrual pad kits, and educates them about women's health and emotional wellness.
We’re also excited to announce that ChildVoice is now offering skills training sessions to adolescent boys living in the Malkohi IDP camp! Many of these boys are victims of Boko Haram and have lost their homes and family members. Currently, boys in our new programs are enjoying basic training in electrical work. Some of the boys have expressed a real interest in getting the training they need to become electricians!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of our training sessions continue to be limited in size for the time being. We hope to see skills training sessions increase in size and number as the pandemic fades.
ChildVoice’s vocational training and associated programs are made possible only by the support of donors like you who care about the lives of vulnerable, war-traumatized youth. With the pandemic continuing to impact everyday life for many of us, we thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we can make change happen!
Hair salon training session
Dec 23, 2020
New Skills Training -- and Much-Needed Gifts!
By Conrad Mandager - ChildVoice CEO & President
Handbags made by ChildVoice students
Thank you so much for helping to fund our vocational training programs for Boko Haram victims and other war-affected adolescent girls in Nigeria. We're so close to meeting our funding goal now!
Our Nigeria team recently shifted our skills training focus to emphasize agriculture in response to food insecurity issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the program is still in the initial stages, we expect to be ready to begin demonstrations and small farm projects in the second quarter of 2021.
In addition to agriculture, bakery, and other skills training programs, some of our students in Nigeria have been learning to make handbags. Over 20 girls enrolled in and completed our handbag-making program, and several are now making handbags on their own to earn some income.
Also ending the year on a positive note: All of our students in Nigeria recently received Christmas gift bags -- hygiene kits containing soap, razors, underwear, and other necessities. (Basic hygiene supplies are often difficult for residents of displacement camps to obtain, a reality that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.)
ChildVoice’s vocational training and associated programs are made possible only by the support of donors like you who care about the lives of vulnerable, war-traumatized girls. With the pandemic continuing to impact everyday life for all of us, we thank you for your ongoing support. Together, we can make change happen!