- The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have not been totally forgotten
- Foundations like Mallpai are still extending their show of love to the displaced persons
- A recent effort by the foundation also made provisions for empowering the IDPs with skills via training
Mallpai Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has empowered about 6,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in New Kuchingoro community, Abuja.
Organisers of the event told Legit.ng that the effort was made in order to mitigate the ripple effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the internally displaced persons in the Federal Capital Territory.
The foundation, founded by the wife of the Kebbi state governor, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, engaged the IDPs with training on phone repairs, catering, making of pastries, production of soap and baby food among others.
While speaking during the empowerment programme, Hajiya Bagudu said that as a mother, she is is moved by the impacts of several challenges that the country is experiencing on the masses.
“You can notice that in this country now, we have a lot of problems, whether we say it or not. I’m talking as a founder of an NGO, as a human being, as a mother as well.
“We have a lot of challenges that we are facing in this country, so we decided to do something to help the youth and the women as well. We want to train them, not the usual outreach that we give them and go away.”
The director of media and communication, Mallpai Foundation, McEva Temofe, noted that from their research they discovered that the IDPs in New Kunchingoro community had been severely affected by the lockdown and abandoned by the system.
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He said the aim was to empower them so that they can give back to society and also train others, adding that given the rate of the pandemic, the foundation also set up a robust health team to screen them for various diseases.
Items handed over to them include, cartons of indomie, bags of rice, Mosquito nets, duvet, slippers, blankets, school uniforms and bags, sandals, biscuits, maize meals, buckets, bowls, cooking pots flasks, clothes, exercise books, blankets, sanitary pads underwears among others.
Members of the camp were also provided with free medical check-up, immunisation, and free HIV tests.
The vice-chairman of the IDP camp, Alhaji Sule Adamu, while commending the foundation, noting that the charitable efforts would go a long way to ameliorate their suffering.
Founded in 2009, MALLPAI has so far rendered humanitarian services in almost all sectors of life such as health, education, agriculture and social life.
Hajiya Bagudu also revealed that most of the foundation workers are volunteers without pay, stating that they work without being paid.
According to her, the volunteers are mostly working for the foundation due to the passion they have for less privileged children in society.
Recall that the Nigerian Senate has made moves to revive the Almajiri schools built by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Senate's position was revealed in a motion sponsored by Senator Adamu Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi state and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
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