Vocational skills for rural development of 200 internally displaced children at Kuchingoro, Abuja
The concept and nature of insurgency always invokes the spirit of evil, terror, fear and rebellion against a constituted authority and on those who are directly affected. The unleashing of a vicious attack by an unknown terrorist group in Nigeria has resulted in callous destruction of properties and lives both big and small and most of whom are northerners.
The terrorist group’s operational activities have grown spreading like cancer over northern states, this group attacks strategic places like churches, mosques, schools and motor parks killing and seriously injuring both Muslims and Christians, men, women and children leaving the inhabitants of these northern states either dead, incapacitated, homeless or without parents. This inhabitants have now become internally displaced and have spread all over IDP camps in Nigeria.
However a foundation known as The September 20 Foundation (TS20F) hopes to increase the awareness of Nigerians and the world to the plight and needs of the internally displaced persons by increasing the volume and quantity of aids at the IDP camps and to improve the chances of successfully returning the IDPs to their homes, villages and farmlands. The TS20F has three broad programmes that caters to MEN, WOMEN and KIDS to help rehabilitate them from the effects of trauma caused by the displacement.
The “I am project” is the program specially designed for children to teach them about different professions which they can subscribe to in future.
In carrying out the “I AM PROJECT”, The September 20 Foundation in collaboration with Kid Entrepreneurs (KENT) organized a training programme for children who are internally displaced by these insurgent activities. The training programme started on the 24th of October, 2017 and successfully ended on the 26th of October, 2017. The aim of the vocational training programme was to empower 200 children who were drawn from the IDP camp Kuchingoro and its community with various vocational skills such as painting and drawing, hair dressing, bead making among others.
The kids experienced an overwhelming joy during the training and this was as a result of their eagerness to learn. The last day of the programme involved exhibition of finished products from each of the vocational skill classes. The best participant in each class was given empowerment tools to enable them start up a business. A career runway show whereby selected participants wore a costume that depicted different professions also took place. Certificates were issued to all participants as well as party packs.
The grand finale of the programme was graced by the founder and trustee of TS20F Yomi Awobokun who appreciated the kids and the parents for the massive turn out. He therefore urge the kids to be diligent in the skill they have learnt so they can attain a greater height.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern – Elizabeth Kubler – Ross.
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