6 June 2017

Nigeria: Pikin Bellefull Feeds 550 Hungry IDP Kids

The bride who turned her wedding last year to a full-fledged protest demanding better funding for health care turned to a bit of crowd-funding to give children living on camps for displaced people a memorable Children's Day this May.

Diana Eyo-Enoette started the Pikin Bellefull, an innovation by Moesillo Projects calling on the public to donate N500 to feed one child on May 27.

"You can also reach out to children with clothes, toys and health or educational supplies," Eyo-Enoette said in an appeal in the lead up to Children's Day.

Pikin Bellefull targeted children from infants up to 14-year-olds displaced from mainly Gwoza and Bama areas of Borno state and relocated to the New Kuchingoro camp in Abuja.

The project, which partnered with Rotary Club of Abuja, raised concern about nearly 30 children dying daily on camps for displaced people from malnutrition-with major supports to camps coming more from humanitarian and charity groups.

Moesillo, which gives oranges to children on the camp weekly, identified up to 400 hungry children there, and its Pikin Bellefull campaign served out 550 plates of food on Children's Day.

"We had toys and clothes for them, and demonstration on handwashing and health talks on the importance of immunisation," said Eyo-Enoette.

"Pregnant women also got newborn clothes and food, and a mother who had fully immunised her child got a hair dryer as gift."

The project continues as a social media campaign #allweneedislove.


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