ChildVoice is thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of our new Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) at Malkohi internally displaced person (IDP) camp in northeastern Nigeria. This YEC is a much-needed improvement for the many displaced Nigeria youth living in the camp who are in dire need of counseling and skills training. Our Nigeria team is now much better equipped to provide these services.
While visiting the Malkohi IDP camp at the end of March, ChildVoice President Conrad Mandsager also attended a briefing by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to learn about an EU-funded intervention for the conflict between nomadic herdsmen (such as the Fulani) and farmers in northern Nigeria. This complicated conflict has been escalating, resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of people being displaced from agricultural lands.
As part of an initiative to build bridges of peace among these communities in conflict, our Nigeria team has brought in a cohort of Fulani adolescents to work alongside current ChildVoice YEC students, many of whom have been displaced from their agricultural villages by Fulani attacks. It is our hope that as these Fulani youth are absorbed into the larger YEC community, they will be able to act as bridges across a cultural divide that has kept the Fulani in conflict with local agricultural villages.
We remain incredibly grateful for the support we continue to receive from donors as we continue to build up our rehabilitative capacity for displaced and traumatized youth in Nigeria!
By Conrad Mandsager | ChildVoice CEO and President
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 now very close to achieving our funding goal!
In the past quarter, our Nigeria team made tremendous progress in the construction of our new Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) at the Malkohi internally displaced persons (IDP) camp. The new facility will greatly help the team enhance the skills training offerings they are currently providing to traumatized Nigerian adolescents. We have had some challenges in drilling a water borehole to serve the YEC, but hope to have a fresh water source available for our staff and students in the next quarter.
In a previous report, we mentioned that we have a new boys’ program underway, and that boys were learning basic electrical skills. Some of the students were able to participate in on-site skills training as construction of the YEC progressed. (See photos.) Practical experiences like this will help them find regular work after they complete their programs.
Again, thank you for being a force for good in the lives of traumatized and displaced Nigerian youth. You make change happen!
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!
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