With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting everyday life for all of us, we thank you for your continued support.
Right now ChildVoice’s Nigeria team is facing unprecedented challenges. The pandemic has had some unfortunate side effects for many people living in Nigeria’s internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, chief among them hunger. As we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we’ll continue to serve our communities as best we can. However, in order to ensure the safety of our community and ourselves, we’ve made necessary modifications to our programming that we’d like to share with you.
The situation for adolescent girls we serve in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps like those at Malkohi has been deteriorating. Just as the pandemic hit, our Nigeria staff found that accessing clean water had become an issue. Now, because of the pandemic, solving the issue becomes harder and is compounding lack of access to food, medicine, and other basic needs.
Consequently, our Nigeria staff are now in discussion with local partners to address the issue of food assistance. For the time being, we will be diverting funds planned for additional vocational training to help pay for food relief efforts. Regular programming will resume once it’s safe to do so -- and once the food scarcity issue has been adequately addressed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, and we pray that you remain safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your generosity amid this ongoing global health crisis. You make change happen!
By Conrad Mandsager | ChildVoice CEO and President
Thank you so much for your help to fund our vocational training programs for Boko Haram victims and other war-affected adolescent girls in Nigeria. The project is now over 75 percent funded, and we are looking forward to reaching the finish line!
Our Nigeria team has begun teaching new skills, including soap and perfume making. We are also researching other skills to add to our bakery and catering offerings. And we continue to research and plan for the addition of counseling and skills training for war-affected boys. This includes assessing both the level and scope of needs of adolescent boys living in Malkohi’s IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in northeastern Nigeria.
Our staff members continue to face daily challenges in providing ongoing skills training and counseling services to the war-affected adolescent girls who live in the IDP camps. Our main office in Yola is frequently without electrical power. Recently, we were also faced with a transportation crisis when our team’s only vehicle was totalled during a flash flood. We have since obtained temporary transportation as we continue raising funds to purchase a Toyota Land Cruiser, which will be capable of traversing badly degraded roads during the rainy season. Our resilient staff are determined to meet the needs of our beneficiaries, regardless of the obstacles.
ChildVoice’s vocational training programs are made possible only by the support of donors like you who care about the lives of vulnerable, war-traumatized girls. We appreciate you coming alongside us!
By Conrad Mandsager | ChildVoice CEO and President
Thank you so much for your generous donations to help us fund vocational training for Boko Haram victims and other war-affected adolescent girls in Nigeria. We’re happy to announce that at this point, the project is nearly 75 percent funded!
We are now in the process of developing a more comprehensive vocational curriculum to help the girls we serve develop income-generating skill sets. In addition, we have begun research into possible expansion of our programming with the help of local facilities. We are also researching the feasibility of adding skills training and psychosocial counseling as an option for war-affected boys. This includes assessing both the level and scope of needs of adolescent boys living in Malkohi’s IDP (internally displaced persons) camps.
Our Nigeria team faces significant daily challenges in planning for and providing ongoing skills training services to the war-affected girls who live in the IDP camps in northeastern Nigeria. Our main office in Yola is frequently without electrical power. And recently, the vehicle our Nigerian staff members have been using was damaged by floodwater, making travel to the remote IDP camps extremely difficult. We are now in the process of raising funds to replace inadequate transportation with a Land Cruiser, which will be capable of traversing badly degraded roads during the rainy season.
Our vocational training programs are made possible only by the support of donors like you who care about the lives of vulnerable, war-traumatized girls. We appreciate you coming alongside us!
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