In January, we continued with our #giveitup4IDPs campaign (results to be announced shortly), and one of the highlights for us was accompanying 2 of the displaced women we work with to Channels Television, where they appeared on Sunrise, the popular Saturday morning programme to tell their stories of displacement and survival. You can watch them on the links below:
A little information about these amazingly resilient women:
Hafsat, from Imishika in Damboa (near Maiduguri) fled from Boko Haram in 2014, benefited from our economic empowerment programme in 2016 and sells foodstuff to sustain her family.
Rejoice fled from Mubi in Adamawa into Cameroon for refuge and was reunited with her husband in Lagos who was working as a security guard. She used her micro loan from our economic empowerment programme, to restart her trade in bottled groundnut. They both live in make shift housing in a slum in the Eti Osa local government area while they try to find money to survive and hopefully save to go back home.
SOME GOOD NEWS!
Six days after the interview, Rejoice had a baby girl named Precious (Hafsat helped her birth the baby at home as they could not afford to go to the hospital – YES! Right here in Lagos!!) and her eldest daughter, Peace, refused to go to school last week Monday because she wanted to stay and protect her new born baby sister. How sweet! (Also, how telling. Rejoice says Peace still cringes in fear anytime she hears a loud bang. Many are still traumatized from the effects of terror attacks.)
We got donations for Hafsat, Rejoice and Rejoice’s baby which were passed on to them on Valentine’s day this week. Their smiles and joy were a Valentine’s gift in itself and filled our own hearts with joy as they talked about how they would use the cash gifts to pay school fees for the children and buy more stock for their trade. We thank you all for your support and prayers. We hope to help more women get the support they need to thrive.