As part of the program for this year’s 7 Days of Change, Day 6 was set aside to raise funds for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency which according to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has rendered an estimated 5 million people, adults, children, young and old displaced. Unveiling Africa change makers set aside this day to raise funds for these internally displaced persons scattered in makeshift camps all over Nigeria. With much determination and enthusiasm, N60,000 was raised with which to purchase items to donate to the IDPs.
Some of UVA change makers at the grand finale of DOC 2015
On the 22nd of September 2015, Miss Jane traveled to Benin, Edo State to an IDP camp discovered on the outskirts of the city. The International Christian Center for Mission (ICCM) established in 1992 to cater for the less privileged, is founded and managed by Pastor Solomon Folorunsho with a staff strength of 9 devoted people and a volunteer team of 50 people.
Want to know some interesting facts about the IDP camp?
The camp holds over 1200 people, both young and old, adults and children. Every person in the camp eats 3 times daily and interestingly; every child in the camp goes to school, each morning every child receives school materials before they leave for their classes.
Pictures showing children and adults as they receive school materials.
Inside one of the hostels
Wooden houses with zinc roofs glistening in the sun within the camp serve as accomodation with male and female hostels built separately to prevent domestic violence such as rape/sexual assault.
Miss Jane with some of the IDPs in front of one the hostels
Due to insufficient funds, completion of unfinished projects such as building of classrooms has taken longer than expected which is why some students take classes in classrooms and others underneath trees.
Children taking classes.
Adult education is also given to adults that intend to go to school while senior youths through with their secondary school education are sponsored to go to the university of their choice within the city.
Health centre in the camp
Sneak peek at the camp kitchen
Another unfinished project is the building of the dining hall which results in food being served to everyone late because of its limited capacity and also the expansion of the hostels which presently houses more people than intended, the management of the camp seeks for partnership in the completion of these unfinished projects also commending the Edo State government and other organisations for their support.
Everyone at the camp was so happy to receive the gifts donated to them by the foundation. Items purchased were majorly edibles:
Miss Jane presents the gifts to camp officials and some children
Unveiling Africa Foundation is proud to have provided a platform for teenagers and youths to get involved in effecting social change and putting smiles on the faces of fellow Nigerians. UVA Change makers prove that children and youths are the leaders of today and not tomorrow like some say.
Read more about the Boko Haram insurgency and life in an IDP camp by clicking the links below and be inspired to change the situation of things.
To donate to the International Christian Centre for Mission (ICCM), contact the founder Pastor Solomon Folorunsho via email- firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +234 803 3441 246. Visit their website for more information- www.iccfmissions.org
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” ~Mahatma Gandhi