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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
Tailoring Training for Recipients
Tailoring Training for Recipients

With funding support from over 100 individuals and corporate donors, the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) has continued to implement its initiative to empower 1000 rape victims and widows with psycho-social support, mentoring and livelihoods skills in Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe states in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. The project has recently completed the renovation of a skills acquisition centre in Jimeta/Yola. With your kind support, the skills acquisition centre has also been equipped with sewing machines to train project recipients. This means the initial steps of training them at tailoring business centres outside the skills acquisition centre has been discontinued. The 15 recipients currently undergoing the tailoring training now have spacious, comfortable spaces and individual sewing machines to practice and perfect their skills.

In preparation for the graduation of those that are currently undergoing the tailoring training, we have incorporated basic record keeping and accounts management skills into the program. This is to ensure that graduates will have these skills to successfully manage their own businesses to support themselves and their families.

The psycho-social support training has targeted one hundred widows and rape victims, and we hope to target one thousand recipients at the end of the first phase of this program. CSDEA has also leased a land for some of the recipients to rear cattle and we are looking to raise more funds to commence full operation.

We once again call on all supporters of this project to help donate to reach our target. Our estimate to fully rehabilitate and reintegrate each recipient under this project is $500. We are behind in fundraising for this project and your further donations will help ensure that we put smiles on the faces of these girls and women, and give them a reason to live! Please also encourage your friends and families that can donate to support this project so we can meet our fundraising target.

Thank you always for your support!

Recipients and Project Adviser, Mrs Arziki Sawa
Recipients and Project Adviser, Mrs Arziki Sawa
Some Recipients during a Tailoring Training
Some Recipients during a Tailoring Training
Tailoring Training in Action
Tailoring Training in Action
Project Adviser Arziki Sawa with Recipients
Project Adviser Arziki Sawa with Recipients

With funding support from over 100 individuals and corporate donors, the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) has continued to implement its initiative to empower 1000 rape victims and widows with integrated peacebuilding skills in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. The project has recently completed the renovation of a skills acquisition centre in Jimeta/Yola.

The psycho-social support training has targeted one hundred widows and rape victims, and we hope to target one thousand recipients at the end of the first phase of this program. As reported earlier, fifteen women and girls are presently undergoing the tailoring training and your continuous support is ensuring that the training is sustained. CSDEA has also leased a land for some of the recipients to rear cattle and we are looking to raise more funds to commence full operation.

More details will follow soon and we once again call on all supporters of this project to help donate to reach our target. We are behind in fundraising for this project and your further donations will help ensure that we put smiles on the faces of these girls and women, and give them a reason to live! Please also encourage your friends and families that can donate to support this project so we can meet our fundraising target.

Thank you always for your support!

Workshop Participants
Workshop Participants

We have continued to make progress with CSDEA’s initiative to empower 1000 rape victims and widows with integrated peacebuilding skills in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. The psycho-social support and mentorship workshops, and tailoring trainings are still in progress. We intend to graduate and empower 15 women from the tailoring school in 4 months. Also, we have started incorporating basic mediation skills into the psycho-social support and mentorship workshops for 100 participants of the project.

GlobalGiving will be giving out a total of $100, 000 in matching funds on Wednesday the 20th of June, 2018 to commemorate the International Humanitarian Day. Every donation that is $20 and above will be matched by GlobalGiving at 100 percent. This means that if you donate $20, this project will automatically receive $40. This opportunity is only valid on the 20th of June while matching funds last.

We are calling on those who have donated and all supporters of this project to help donate and spread this message to enable us to continue to implement this project.

Thank you for your support always!

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In addition to the earlier progress report on the new initiative to empower 1000 rape victims and widows with integrated peacebuilding skills in the North Eastern region of Nigeria, we are pleased to inform you that the psycho-social support and mentorship workshops are still on-going.

Additionally, fifteen women have now been registered in a tailoring school.

GlobalGiving is presently giving out a total of $50, 000 in matching funds from today the 9th of April to 13th of April, and every donation that is $50 dollars and above will be matched at 50 percent by GlobalGiving. This means that if you donate $50, this project will automatically receive $75.

Again, all recurring donations of $200 and above will be matched at 100 percent by GlobalGiving.

We are calling on those who have donated and all supporters of this project to help donate and spread this message to enable us to continue to implement this project. We are looking for 20 donors who can donate at least $50 for us to benefit from these matching funds. Recurring donors are also welcome.

Thank you for your support always!

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Recipients in front of the renovated skills center
Recipients in front of the renovated skills center

The Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) launched a new initiative to empower 1000 rape victims and widows with integrated peacebuilding skills in the North Eastern region of Nigeria in November, 2017. The aim of the project is to renovate and equip a skills acquisition centre in Jimeta/Yola, providing psycho-social support, mentoring and livelihoods training for financial independence to 1000 rape victims and widows traumatized by the violent activities of Boko Haram and other insurgent groups.

CSDEA commenced the project after receiving funds donated through over 60 donors via GlobalGiving in February, 2018. One hundred recipients from Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe states were selected for the first batch of the project after a rigorous selection process. Thirty percent of recipients were kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram as young girls or house wives. Seventy percent lost their husbands in violent circumstances to Boko Haram and other extremist groups. Almost all of the women selected for this project have lost at least a child or immediate family member to the activities of violent extremist groups in North Eastern Nigeria.

The psycho-social support and mentoring workshops have commenced for the first 100 recipients of this project. The story of 19 years old Aisha from Gwoza, Bornu State shows the level of trauma experienced by most of the recipients of this project. She was kidnapped, beaten and raped while in captivity by Boko Haram members. She was later taken across the border to Cameroun where she was given out in marriage to a Boko Haram leader. She was lucky to escape from captivity after six weeks but the scars and trauma live on. 30 years old Briskla from Gwoza, Bornu State shares a similar fate. She was kidnapped, raped and impregnated by a Boko Haram member. Despite the fact that she was able to escape from captivity at mid-night after two months, her baby might never know his father.

The renovation of the skills acquisition centre is almost completed. Sixty percent of the women prefer cattle rearing, while thirty three percent want to engage in tailoring. The remaining seven percent say they either want to engage in restaurant business or rear chicken. CSDEA intends to start the cattle rearing ranches and tailoring schools in March, 2018. We also intend to explore the restaurant and chicken poultry farms to see the possibilities that exist for the remaining seven percent to be gainfully employed to provide for themselves and their families.

We wish to call on all supporters of this project to help donate to reach our target. We are behind in fundraising for this project and your further donations will help ensure that we put smiles on the faces of these girls and women, and give them a reason to live! You can also share this project with friends and families that can donate to ensure that we meet our fundraising target. Thank you always for your support.

Some recipients at a psychosocial support workshop
Some recipients at a psychosocial support workshop
Cross section of some project recipients
Cross section of some project recipients
Some recipients at the skills aquisition centre
Some recipients at the skills aquisition centre

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Project Leader:
Theophilus Ekpon
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Nigeria

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