Hosted By: LEAD Nigeria Inc.
Co-Hosted By: Baruch College African Student Association
Today, Nigeria has over 3.3 million internally displaced persons, the largest in Africa and the third Largest in the world. In the first half of 2015 alone, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) rose to 1,491,706, mostly as a result of the ongoing violence and mayhem by Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria.
The insurgency in the North-East was reported as the pre-dominant cause of displacement in Nigeria between 2014 - 2015 according to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) displacement tracking matrix (DTM) of July 2015 which grossly affected small and medium scale businesses.
As part of the global partnership week, LEAD Nigeria through the Save a child initiative will be launching the “Vocational skills and Micro-credit project for Internally Displaced persons in Nigeria”.
This project will empower internally displaced persons from within north eastern Nigeria, affected by the Boko Haram insurgency currently residing at the home for the needy in Edo State, Nigeria with the opportunity to rebuild their lives, start new businesses, earn a living to help better themselves, their families and ultimately rebuild their local communities.
The save a child initiative benefit Gala will bring together Nigerian and African Diaspora professionals as well as friends from the international community to discuss how best Diaspora groups can stay actively involved and engaged in addressing the issues of security and a growing number of internally displaced persons in Africa in general and Nigerian in particular for both economic and national development.
Most importantly this event will inspire participants to make commitments to action towards building the partnerships needed to help current internally Displaced persons at the Home for the needy get the resources they need to learn a vocation of choice and the micro-credit funding support to start up their own small business.
Specifically, the vocational skills training and micro credit project for internally displaced persons at the home for the needy in Edo state, Nigeria will:
- Provide the participants an opportunity to acquire a vocational skill of choice. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn either barbing/ hairdressing, tailoring/fashion design, catering, welding, plumbing, carpentry or Computer information systems.
- Provide a 6-8 months certificate program, with all the physical training/working tools and materials needed to ensure a successful program completion and graduation
- Connect successful vocational skills graduates with micro-credit funding and support, financial advisers and other resources needed to start up their own small business in pursuing their economic goals.
The Home for the needy in Edo State currently houses over 1,300 internally displaced persons, many of whom were displaced by the Boko Haram emergencies across northern Nigeria.
To learn more about the Save a Child Initiative Benefit Gala, the vocational skills and Micro credit Funding program and the Home for the needy, pleaes visit www.leadnigeria.org