An impact report on community-based interventions focused on building self-reliance and ending protracted displacement.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: “I have assisted women in delivering 128 babies in the IDP camp since 2014.”
Mama is the female camp leader and traditional birth attendant assisting women in the Area 1 IDP camp in delivering their babies. Since 2014, she has helped to deliver 128 babies. Mama is able to continue helping the women through the support she receives for her business.
Impact Story: “They taught me how to plait hair and now I have a hairdressing salon.”
Rashida has now left the camp and moved into her house in a neighbouring community. She said, “I built a house outside the camp with toilet and kitchen, and I bought a big mattress.”
Dignity Kit Project
The dignity kit project is focused on reducing the exploitation of displaced girls and women in need of essential hygiene items such as sanitary towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, and bath soap. Women have needs beyond food, water, and shelter and these items are usually unavailable or out of financial reach. Helping them to meet their personal and menstrual hygiene needs boosts their mental and overall well-being, enabling them to support their families. Young girls and women should never have to be abused or exploited to meet their needs. Dignity can and must be regained for our displaced women.
1000 girls and women across Area 1, Kuchingoro, Kuje, and Wassa IDP Camps were supported with dignity kits. We visited the IDP camp in Area 1, Abuja, four months after the dignity kit project and came across some of the ladies using the items from their dignity kit. They were excited to share with us…
Fatima Ali is communicating in the Hausa language and her words are transcribed in English below:
We didn’t sell the things you brought to us. We kept them for personal use. We use it for nursing mothers or pregnant women. We also waited till God blessed us with babies and now, we are using it to back them. Thank you, may God Almighty increase you in wealth, sustenance and give you the ability to come and visit us again. We are very happy.
Amina is communicating in the Hausa language and her words are transcribed in English below :
My name is Amina Abubakar. The goods you brought to us have been very useful. We wear the pants, skirts and use the blades. We also use the towel to back our babies and combs to stretch our hair. We are really happy. May God reward you abundantly. May you have a blessed ending. May God reward you.
IDPs in the Area 1 Camp singing at their skills training graduation ceremony.
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