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Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria

by Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa
Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria
Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria
Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria
Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria
Recipients at a Psycho-Socio Support Session
Recipients at a Psycho-Socio Support Session

We wish to inform you that forty new girls and women have joined the psycho-socio support and livelihoods project. They started the workshops and sessions in the third week of September, 2019 and will continue until the end of 2020 with periodic breaks. This new set of project recipients have so far completed sessions including introduction to peace; act of forgiveness; story telling; and group and cultural dance. We are working on their various livelihood choices and will soon be commencing the next round of tailoring training, and also cattle rearing. Some recipients have indicated that they are interested in learning computers and information and communication technologies (ICTs). We will be looking into this set of livelihood skills in the coming year.

We will soon begin our end of year fundraising starting at the end of November, and we look forward to your support in mobilizing friends and family members to support this project. Thank you all for your support always!

Recipients at another Psycho-Socio Support Session
Recipients at another Psycho-Socio Support Session
Project Adviser meeting with Psychologists
Project Adviser meeting with Psychologists

With your generous donations, this project has been able to reach out to 100 girls and women with trauma healing, mediation and mentoring. Eighteen (18) of these girls and women have also completed the livelihoods aspect of this project and have established their own tailoring businesses to cater for themselves and their families. Going forward, our team of psychologists met with our Project Adviser in the field earlier this week to conclude plans to support another 40 girls and women with psycho-social support skills beginning this August. The healing process takes time and we are looking at a period of around 1 year  for this batch to complete the training. The psychologists have also advised that a few of the previous recipients should be brought back to join this group to get more time to heal. We will soon be announcing the numbers that we are supporting with livelihood skills (i.e. tailoring, cattle rearing) in this batch.

GlobalGiving is matching every $50 donation to this project at 60 percent starting on the 12th of August 2019 at 9 am (New York Time) until the 16th of August 2019. Please donate and also share widely. Monthly donations of $25 started during this period will also be matched.   

As reported earlier 18 recipients of this project have completed the trainings and have been empowered to set up their own businesses. However, the graduation ceremony was unable to hold as earlier scheduled due to logistics challenges. A new date will be announced soon. A new set of project recipients have been identified and they will begin attending training sessions after the graduation and welcome ceremony.  

Again, GlobalGiving will be offering matching funds and bonuses for all donations of $100 and above to this project on the 18th of July 2019 between 9am and 10am Washington DC time. Donations will receive matching funds of up to 50 percent per donor. Please keep this date and time in your calenders as we will share further information and reminder closer to July 18th.

Cross section of some recipients
Cross section of some recipients

We have finally completed the psycho-social support and tailoring training for 18 recipients of this project. The graduation ceremony will take place in April 2019 in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. We are also finalizing plans to empower the 18 graduates with well equipped tailoring shops so they can take care of themselves and their families in a sustainable manner.

Next, we are working on selecting another set of recipients for the tailoring school that will resume again in April, 2019. The cattle rearing program will take off in May, 2019. Both livelihoods programs will run concurrently with the psycho-social support and mentorship component of this project.

We could not have done this without your support! Thank you all for partnering in this project. Our special thanks also go to our monthly donors for their generous support to this cause.

Some project recipients and community members
Some project recipients and community members

In addition to our earlier report, we are happy to announce that 15 of the project recipients that are presently in tailoring school will be graduating in January/February 2019 and will be setting up their own tailoring businesses. This means we will also be accepting more recipients into the tailoring school in February 2019. We also intend to start the cattle rearing training/business for some of the women at the begining of 2019.

We could not have reached this stage of the project without your generous donations! Again, these activities moving forward will require more funding and it will be helpful if you can help donate and spread this message to likely donors in this giving season. The on-going bonus cash prizes by GlobalGiving will also attract additional funds to this project when you donate and (or) bring others to donate. 

Every donation before the 31st of December 2018 will be eligible for bonus cash prizes.

Thank you for your support always!

 

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Project Leader:
Theophilus Ekpon
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Nigeria

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