By Ezra Musa
An NGO, Bridge that Gap Initiative, on Monday commissioned a skills training center for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rimau, a community in the local government area of Kajuru, in the state of Kaduna.
When the center was commissioned, Gloria Bulus, executive director of the NGO, said the center was created to empower the displaced.
“The center is expected to provide women in the community with sewing skills, climate smart agriculture, soap and pomade making, among others.
“200 households should benefit indirectly from the center from the start of the project.
“These IDPs have lost their sources of income due to conflicts that have affected their daily economic activities, so a large percentage of women are inactive, wasting valuable and productive time.
“These events have also made women too dependent on the male head of the household, while households headed by widowed women due to the unrest are becoming overburdened.”
She said the project will create a skills workspace for women in the community given the increased economic vulnerability due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has broken the economic chain for most women in the sector. informal.
“The hub would provide an alternative source of livelihood since the primary source has been altered due to the conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Bulus said the project would be handed over to the community to help support it, which she said would give women the opportunity to transfer knowledge to their children and loved ones in order to give back to the community.
“Our goal is to ensure that 30 women who start the project become professionals to train others while the NGO only provides technical support.
“With this project, we aim to improve livelihoods to cushion the impact that has hit hard not only the displaced people who found Rimau as a haven, but also the whole community.”
She said the project was supported by World Connect, based in the United States.
“We are accelerating the fight against poverty through integrated interventions that ensure equitable access to opportunities and minimize loss of livelihoods for the most vulnerable in society.
“On behalf of our donors, partners and my entire team, I would like to express my gratitude to the family of the late Agwom Adara, leader of the Adara people in the Kajuru local government area in the state of Kaduna, for providing this space for the center, and the good people of the Rimau community for adopting this project. She added.
In her remarks, Victoria Galadima, wife of the late Agwom, expressed her gratitude to the NGO for the opportunity given to the community to improve their lives.
“Thank you very much for paving the way for our employees, we expect our employees to work towards achieving the goals of this project.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Kufana district chief, Chief Titus Dauda, commended the NGO for its support.
“We will continue to support and ensure that this project is guaranteed to achieve all of its goals,” he pledged. (NOPE)
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