Nigerian survivors of violent attacks are getting reasons to smile this season, even though the world’s attention is on the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.
“I never thought I would be so remembered,” said an emotional Ladi Pam, one of three survivors of a terrorists’ attack in a family of ten.
“Not only are you praying for us, you are reaching deep into your pockets to provide for us,” said Pam while receiving a cash gift for her little niece who had been out of school since her both parents were killed along with her two siblings on August 1.
In that attack in Danda village 15miles south of Jos the capital of Plateau State, seven of Pam’s family members were killed. Her nephew of 4months-old at the time had his hand cut off by the terrorists’ bullet. Pam who narrowly survived the evening attack now caters for the little school girl and the amputated baby, despite being unemployed.
“Few hours ago, I was wondering how my niece would go back to school because we didn’t even have what to eat. But now you have provided it and I’m really grateful,” said Pam in Jos on 7 December.
Emancipation Center for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN), a local nongovernmental organization advocating for victims of violence and natural disasters has since December 14 shared more than $2000USD in educational grants to more than 40 children in northern Nigeria according to its Chief Executive Officer, Solomon Dalyop.
The kids including those living with disability were selected from the States of Plateau, Benue, Kaduna and Zamfara, said Dalyop during the disbursements for the Plateau beneficiaries in Jos on 7 December.
Each enrollee according to him received an equivalent of at least $60. The grant was an expansion of the organization’s decade-old humanitarian program, said Dalyop, a human rights lawyer.
“It was borne out of concern for the crisis affected children who have no means of providing for themselves,” he said in an interview.
“Our previous interventions did not include people living with disability because it never crossed our minds but this time we have included pupils and students with hearing impairment,” he added.
An official of the Plateau School for the Deaf in Bassa near Jos, Mr. Daspan Gambo told our correspondent the organization was the first to provide grants to children in the school who have been affected by violence.
“We have 15 of such children who have been struggling to pay their school fees because their parents have been displaced from their farm settlements, leaving them with no source of income,” said Gambo.
“What ECCVN has done is novel and I believe it will go a long way in relieving the sufferings of these children,” he said.