The Blue Cross of Nigeria addresses illicit use of dangerous drugs and alcohol and serves the people battling such problems. Certification and incorporation granted by the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2018 gave BC Nigeria access to NGO privileges. Team members were able to participate in national and international conferences and symposia on drugs and alcohol related problems.
The current insurgency of the Boko Haram in Nigeria coupled with poverty is a challenge that the Blue Cross of Nigeria has resolved to address. Nigerian youth traumatised by the insurgency have been forced into vulnerable circumstances (begging, human trafficking, drug abuse, alcohol misuse, crime, and other abuses as avenues for survival.
In response, BCN developed a strategic intervention program in 2018 to help widows, youths, children, the people most affected by the insurgency (known as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)) to find a way out of their vulnerable situations and give them hope.
The BCN solicits food and materials for them, educates about the danger of using alcohol and drugs to cope, and promotes an alternate drug-free lifestyle. Training, seminars and workshops teach care givers how to handle trauma, and other psychological problems, that are the result of witnessing the murder and maiming of family members, and being left homeless, wandering in the bush for weeks without food and water.
The interventions have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families, establishing a new foundation for life, enabling the hopeless to regain hope. “Lives are touched, lives are changed, lives are impacted, and hopes are rekindled because people like you and I care.“
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