IDPs, Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East receive a vocational skills training empowerment and engagement programme that would deter women and girls from social vices such as prostitution and children labour.
CFID extending the needed helping hands to IDPs, women, girls, the empowerment workshop for skills vocational acquisition for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, for girls and women was hosted by the Center for Initiative and Development, a non-profit organization, on Friday in Taraba State, Nigeria.
The workshop vocational skill programme aim to discouraging girls, women taking refuge in Taraba State camps as Internally Displaced Persons from indulging in social vices and getting enticed by the illegal activities.
The Executive Director/Founder of Center for Initiative and Development, Danjuma Adda, disclosed that the decision of the organization was to deter and discourage the able body men in the IDPs camp from taking advantage of the women and girls while sourcing for livelihoods.
That the participating women for the empowerment, were drawn from the various Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps across Taraba State.
It was further disclosed by the organization that participating women would not only be train in their chosen areas of interest, but also the organization would give financial grants to support the women in actualizing their dream to set-up trades and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises on graduation.
Center for Initiative and Development, had earlier trained Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs girls and women as peer education advocates to reach and teach other 1,500 other women and girls on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual and reproductive health and right services across IDPs state.
The Executive Director/Founder of Center for Initiative and Development, Danjuma Adda disclosed that the organization has decided to train and support Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs girls and women across Taraba State on five different vocational skills, trades- tailoring, confectionaries, rice processing, hairdressing and production of household, including soaps and pomade to make them to be self-reliant and dissuade them from engaging in social vices.
Responding to the skill acquisition exercise carried out by the Center for Initiative and Development,
The representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Taraba State, Daniel I. Bisu, further urged other non-governmental organisations in Nigeria to emulate Center for Initiative and Development and replicate same good work of supporting the vulnerable.
Daniel I. Bisu urged the participating women and girls to make adequate use of the opportunity, adding that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), would on its part, not relent in extending the needed helping hands to the IDPs, that as at last count, the Taraba State has over 50,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
Also speaking at the event, the Taraba State Ministry of Women Affair and Child Development and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) representatives commended the unrelenting effort of CFID in promoting good values, charity, helping the vulnerable and promised to support its vision and mission across the country.
Participating members of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs expressed how elated the women and girls are and thanked the host organization for given a helping hand and succor to all the women and girls in the refugee camp.
They promised to be of good character and make proper use of the skills acquired to becoming once again self-reliant.