Refuge Foundation donates school bags, stationeries, and others to IDPs children in Lagos
A nonprofit organisation, Refuge Foundation, has donated school bags, notebooks, socks, and stationeries to over 100 children living at Eleko Beach IDP Centre, Epe Expressway, Lagos, to aid them in the new academic year.
The foundation is an initiative that caters to internally displaced people in Nigeria such as refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons.
Speaking at the event, the founder of the foundation, Ogonna Kanu, said she was motivated to start an organisation that focuses on this segment of society because she was always intrigued by armed conflicts and their attendant ramifications and effects on the victims and the larger society.
Kanu, however, observed that most people, when talking about vulnerable persons or underserved communities, often things about orphanages or children not in schools.
She explained that displaced people are usually grouped under vulnerable people’s tags and most times not considered for humanitarian assistance.
“We have them in Lagos too. Displacement got bigger in Nigeria because of the conflicts in the Northeast. But it is more than that now.”
The activist noted that aside from conflicts, people can be displaced by many factors such as the adverse effect of climate, floods, or when development phases out slums or poor areas.
Kanu, who noted that there are those who want to help but don’t know how to go about providing assistance to indigent communities, said the foundation reached out to people who donated towards getting the resources to provide for the children to attend school in the new session.
Appealing to Nigerians to donate towards helping more IDPs, Kanu stressed the need to do more.
“Every little thing helps. Anybody could be displaced. It can happen to anyone,” she said.
Kanu stated that there are a lot of people that can be helped, even in small ways.