Christian NGO gives food, housing aid to attacked Plateau communities

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TEARFUND, TEAM officials and traditional leaders in Bassa LGA

Central Nigeria: A Christian nongovernmental organization, The ECWA Aid Ministry (TEAM) has donated food and cash to 90 families affected by herdsmen attacks in Plateau State.

50 households from Nkiedonvrwo, Ancha, Hukke and Mbra-Zongo villages in Bassa Local Government Area received cash support to rebuild their destroyed houses in April and May, 2020, TEAM Coordinator, Mr. Ezekiel Bala said, Thursday.

40 other families got cash support for food, Bala told Village Chiefs in Bassa during an official visit.

The TEARFUND supported NGO, Bala said has previously carried out sensitizations in the LGA on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, syphilis, maternal and child health, Sex and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), family planning, humanitarian, livelihood support and peace building.

In his words, “Between October, 2014 and March 2020, the following has been achieved: 15, 700 people were reached with HCT services while 3366 people were mobilized for Ante-Natal Care services, 3666 people were screened for Hepatitis and Syphilis. 102 vulnerable mothers were supported with the engagement of 5 clinics and 5 mother buddies were engaged.

“Between March 2019 to March 2020, 4 religious leaders (2 Christians and 2 Muslim) received training on transforming masculinities to conduct diffusion activities.

“Four Christians and four Muslims received training on transforming masculinities to conduct community dialogues.

“2 Family planning service providers received training on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. 40 couples (80 individuals) participated in two community dialogue circles. 7465 people were reached through preaching of sermons and group discussions and 2 joint celebrations were held.”

Most recently, “38 households received COVID-19 kits, 320 women received sanitary hygiene packs. 5 communities benefitted from awareness and sensitization on hygiene practices and COVID-19. 10 community stakeholders received training on sustainable peace in Miango communities and environs,” he added.

TEARFUND, the lead sponsor of the programs is not relenting in promoting peaceful coexistence and societal wellbeing, said the TEARFUND Director in Nigeria, Mr. Paul Mershak through a representative, Mr. Istifanus Gimba.

The international NGO, the official said focuses on humanitarian and developmental activities, and has been working in Bassa LGA precisely in Irigwe communities for years.

The Paramount chief of Bassa, Rev. Ronku Aka appreciated the NGOs for helping his overcome the pains of herdsmen attacks.

“In the aftermath of these attacks, your organization is always the first to come to our aid,” he said.

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