Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria

by Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa
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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
Empower Victims of Boko Haram Violence In Nigeria
Some project participants during a training
Some project participants during a training

Dear all,

Thank you once again for your generous donations and support. Our psycho-social support and livelihoods trainings continue to take place. Some of the girls and women in this project were recently involved in a Peace Rally to mark the 2021 International Day of Peace.

Our tailoring and cattle rearing programs are ongoing. However, some of the tailoring graduates who have opened shops are finding it difficult to renew their rents partly due to initial COVID-19 restrictions and the poor economic climate. With your help, we will continue to help them to ensure that they are able to pay their shop rents and that their sources of livelihoods are not threatened.

As we prepare for the End of Year fundraising in December, it is important to mention that GlobalGiving will be giving out $1 million in matching funds and that all donations on GivingTuesday will be matched proportionally. All monthly donations of up to four months between the 13th and 17th of December will have the first month matched at 200 percent.

Thank you for your support always!

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Some Project Recipients Monitoring Their Cattle
Some Project Recipients Monitoring Their Cattle

Many thanks for your support to this project and especially throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your kind donations have ensured that we are able to sustain and expand the project.

All aspects of the project for the girls and women who were victims of the Boko Haram violence continue to make progress. The on-going components of the project include trauma healing, tailoring, cattle rearing and mentorship. We have rented part of a new cattle ranch outside of Yola and have started empowering more girls and women with cattle at the new ranch.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, your support went to supporting project participants with sanitary and hygiene materials, including giving loans to pay for their shop rents and buying medicines for their cattle. However, the post-pandemic era has brought a new challenge of inflation, as buying new cattle, sewing machines and other project materials and services now cost between 30 and 60 percent more. Thank you to our monthly donors and we will be happy to get more donations to help us address the impact of inflation on the project.

Thank you all for your support always!

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Some project participants
Some project participants

Thank you for your kind support to this project that equips girls and women who are survivors of the activities of violent extremists in the North East of Nigeria with psycho-social support, tailoring and cattle rearing skills. We could not have come this far without you! We also want to thank those who have volunteered to reach out to their friends and families about supporting this project. We are indeed grateful. 

As we navigate 2021, we have been able to reach 178 girls and women who are at various stages of this project over the last three years. Our intention is to reach 1000 girls and women in the first phase of this project. We will be reaching out to you about the various GlobalGiving fundraising activities that have been planned for this year.

GlobalGiving will be matching all donations of up to $50 at 50% during the Little by Little Campaign and the International Women's Week that will take place from the 8th to 12th of March, 2021. We are counting on your support to raise additional funds for this project.

Thank you for your support always!

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Some participants at the COVID-19 conference
Some participants at the COVID-19 conference

Dear all,

Thank you for your kind donations to this project. As reported earlier, the Psycho-social support and livelihood trainings for the victims of violent extremism in the North East of Nigeria are on-going. However, we have taken some physical distancing measures including no handshakes, conducting meetings outside when possible, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and the use of sanitizers to keep project participants safe during the psycho-social support sessions, tailoring school, and cattle rearing activities.

With the support of GlobalGiving and your kind donations we were able to give COVID-19 rescue grants to 178 girls and women who are present or previous participants in this project at a COVID-19 Conference that we organized for them. This support ranges from cash awards to support them and their families in this challenging period, to paying rent for their tailoring shops, to paying for medicines and injections for their cattle. The CSDEA also distributed soaps to wash their hands regularly, and face masks to all the 178 girls and women who have so far benefitted from this COVID-19 rescue grants.

We are looking for more funds to sustain this project and support more girls and women. The December 1st 2020 Giving Tuesday Campaign presents another opportunity to raise the much needed funds. You can help by donating and also volunteer to reach out to your friends and family to support this project on December 1st. GlobalGiving will be giving away 1 million dollars and every donation made on that day will be matched proportionally.

Thank you for your support always!

Pictures from cattle ranch
Pictures from cattle ranch
Some of the women who rear cattles
Some of the women who rear cattles
More pictures from the cattle ranch
More pictures from the cattle ranch
Participants washing their hands to again entry
Participants washing their hands to again entry
A section of COVID-19 conference participants
A section of COVID-19 conference participants
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Dear all,

I hope this message meet you in good health and that you are safe always. Thank you for your continous support to this project. We could not have come this far without your generous donations.

The Psycho-social support and livelihood trainings for the victims of violent extremism in the North East of Nigeria are on-going. However, we have taken some physical distancing measures including no handshakes, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing and the use of santizers to keep project participants safe during the psycho-social support sessions, tailoring school, and cattle rearing activities. Additionally, we are also working on giving rescue funds to our graduates whose businesses are facing setbacks as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

As you are aware, this initiative has touched the lives of 140 participants but the goal of this project is to reach 1000 girls and women in its first phase. It is in a bid to raise more funds to meet this target and to also respond to the special needs of project participants during this challenging period that we will be raising funds to commemorate the 2020 World Refugee Week that will take place from the 15th to 20th of June, 2020. You can help by donating and also volunteer to reach out to your friends and family to support this project next week. The first 500 dollars raised during these five days will be matched 100 precent by GlobalGiving and there is over 200k dollars in bonus prizes for the first 10 projects with the highest number of donations.

Thank you for your support always!

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Project Leader:
Theophilus Ekpon
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Nigeria
$52,142 raised of $60,000 goal
 
770 donations
$7,858 to go
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