7 November 2018

Nigeria: Group Sponsors Education of 38 Internally Displaced Children in Abuja

The first phase of the event which held at the Durumi junior secondary school has 38 beneficiaries from the IDP camps and the less privileged in the community, located at games village Apo area one axis. The beneficiaries include 28 children from IDPs and 10 outside the IDP camps, 14 in JSS1, 18 in JSS2, and 6 in JSS3, the student received a full package which includes school bag, textbooks, scandal socks and other basic material. The foundation paid the school fees of the 38 beneficiaries.

A humanitarian organisation has launched a back to school programme targetting about two thousand children from internally displaced persons camps and rural communities in Abuja.

Hope For All Foundation, which is based in Abuja, launched the first phase of the scheme on Friday at the Durumi Junior Secondary School with 38 beneficiaries in an IDP camp and a rural settlement near Games Village in the Apo area of Nigeria's federal capital city.

The beneficiaries include 28 children from the IDP camp and 10 from outside the camp. Fourteen of them are in JSS1, 18 in JSS2 and six in JSS3.

The group paid the school fees of the students and provided them school bags, textbooks, scandals, socks and other basic materials.

Mathew, a JSS3 student who is one of the beneficiaries said he might not have made it beyond primary six but for the gesture of the foundation.

"This is the fourth year that the HFAF has been sponsoring my education, they picked me up from primary six and till date they provide me with books, uniforms and other materials I need at school."

Hadiza Daruge, a woman in the IDP camp, said she had no hope for education of her children until the foundation came into their lives.

According to Mrs Daruge, beyond the education of children like hers, the foundation also provides material support for camp dwellers.

Alhaja Zainab, the co-founder of the foundation, said the target of the foundation is to sponsor a million children to school with special focus on displaced children and the less-privileged.

The first phase of the event which held at the Durumi junior secondary school has 38 beneficiaries from the IDP camps and the less privileged in the community, located at games village Apo area one axis. The beneficiaries include 28 children from IDPs and 10 outside the IDP camps, 14 in JSS1, 18 in JSS2, and 6 in JSS3, the student received a full package which includes school bag, textbooks, scandal socks and other basic material. The foundation paid the school fees of the 38 beneficiaries.

Mathew is a JSS3 student benefitting from the program without which he might not have made it beyond primary 6, he said "This is my fourth year that the HFAF has been sponsoring my education, they picked me up from primary six and till date, they provide me with books, uniforms and other materials I need at school. Hadiza Ali Daruge, an internally displaced mother with no hopes for education for her children expressed unbridled joy and gratitude to the foundation. According to her, beyond the education of children like hers, the foundation also provides support for camp dwellers providing much relief from the financial difficulties that is typically a lot of internally displaced persons.

Alhaja Zainab, the co-founder of the foundation, said the target of the foundation is to sponsor a million children to school with special focus on the displaced children and the less privileged, she added that the organization started from 10 pupils but are now catering to 38 children by paying their tuition.

She said the organisation started with 10 pupils but now caters for 38 and plans to increase the number of beneficiaries steadily.

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