Nigeria: Covid-19 - NGO Splashes N54.4 Million On Vulnerable IDPs in Borno

Maiduguri — A Non-Governmental Organisation, Vincent Mercy Foundation (VMF), in partnership with Christian Aid Nigeria, has supported 594 displaced persons with N54.4m to ameliorate suffering from impact of the dreaded coronavirus in Borno State.

The project is funded by the UKaid, in partnernership with Christian Aid, and implemented by the Vincent Mercy Foundation(VMF) in Jere and Konduga Local Government Areas.

Kanem Trust reports that the Director of Programme, VMF, Mr Palmer Okpaku, made this disclosure while distributing food items and Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) to the beneficiaries at Krusho Bashir IDPs camp in Jere Local Government Area.

"Our vision is the world of hope, the world of love, care and support for the vulnerable. We are here to affect the life of the vulnerable people in this community. We are in partnership with Christian Aid to respond to the impact of COVID-19 in this camp.

"You know before the pandemic, life was hard for the IDP and they returned and now, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, life has become even more unbearable.

"We started these projects since May and each vulnerable person has been receiving N20,000 monthly, and we have a total of 594 displaced persons.

"We are targeting 600 IDPs for this direct intervention but in the whole of Borno State, we are targeting the whole population," he said.

Okpaku said the NGO was also involved in the drilling of boreholes in addition to repairs and rehabilitation of water points across the communities.

He charged the beneficiaries and others to always wear face masks so as to drastically reduce the infection rate of the virus. One of the beneficiaries, Haija Fanta Kaka, said the COVID-19 brought so much pain to her but the cash intervention by VMF and its partners had reduced the burden.

"We are grateful for these interventions, especially cash given to us monthly by VMF and partners. Life has been so difficult to us, because this camp was not recongnised by government so all I can say is thank you."

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