Rofiat a mother of one (1) whose husband was financially irrresponsible, always maltreating her, neglects her and beats her right infront of the children.
She was referred to Olive Community Development Initiative by one of the survivors who also have benefited positively from the organization.
After having pschotheraphy session with the counselor, Olive Community Development Initiative referred the case to Ministry of Justice in Ilorin, Kwara State, where her husband was called for mediation meeting where he was counselled by the senior counsellor and gender desk officer.
As a result of the mediation meeting, the husband committed to change and promised to take financial responsibility of the family, the wife was also counseled to go for family planning.
After a while, the wife came back to appreciate the organization for the intervention, as the husband now buys food stuff and takes responsibility.
Bose a mother of two (2) whose husband due to having another wife, maltreated and neglected her, he went as far as removing the roof where she stays in the house that they both built together and left her all alone to take care of herself and the children.Bose takes care of her two children alone with no support from their father who abandoned them to focus more on the needs of his second wife.
Everything stopped going well for Bose, including her business.
Bose look so unhappy came to OCDI and she went through psychosocial support, later a token was given to her in which she started making and selling chinchin and with the gain, she started selling doughnuts.
Recently she updated the organization that she has started selling dried catfish and through Ministry of Women Affairs, she was given a gas cylinder which as really helped improve her business productivity.
Presently she is happy, looking better and capable to take good care of herself and her children.
From January to June 2022, out of the 42 survivors who visited the psychosocial unit of Olive Community Development Initiative, it was discouvered at least 76% of them have experienced psychological violence in which they could not speak about it.
As a result, OCDI organised a support group meeting with 25 caregivers who have experience violence before in order to restor their self esteem and empower them with necessary skills and information to access justice.
Furthermore, a session on self esteem reflection was held, in which they were encouraged to obtain certain skills that can be able to sustain them. The seesion was on how they can stand up for themselves, speak up against violence perpetrated towards them or those under them and also act as a voice in their respective communities.
In conclusion, the women were given opportunity to express themselves; Mrs S said she appraciated the program and that she feels more empowered to face any challenge that comes her way.
Another participant, Mrs A said that justice is most times been delayed as a result of inadequate information but now she has the right information to access justice on time.
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