These children have suffered terrible trauma and many have become orphans. In addition to life sustaining food, education and counseling are necessary to assure these children are not forced into a life of terrorism.
Nigeria (PRWEB) May 09, 2015
The terrorist group Boko Haram has killed over 15,000 civilians in the past 5 years. Over 1.5 million people have been displaced due the ongoing violence, while 500 men, women, and children have been abducted and forced to take part in terrorist acts, marry members of Boko Haram and bear their children, or face execution. Indeed, the 276 school girls abducted by Boko Haram as part of its war on western education and education for women are still missing despite the international campaign to Bring Back Our Girls.
As more and more survivors are finding their way into Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camps, the International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse (ICEHA) and the Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) are partnering to provide food, clothes, professional teachers, and educational materials such as books, backpacks, and pencils for displaced children and their families who have survived vicious attacks by Boko Haram. This effort will impact over 5,000 IDP’s across northern Nigeria. They are currently seeking funds to expand the program and supply a solar-powered computer lab so that students can keep up with the Nigerian national education mandate calling for complete computer literacy as a requirement for high school graduation.
“These children have suffered terrible trauma and many have become orphans. In addition to life sustaining food, education and counseling are necessary to assure these children are not forced into a life of terrorism. We’re working to make sure that when they leave the IDP camps, they’re ready to integrate back into daily life. This support is key to helping these child victims heal from their trauma and get the education they need to lead successful lives,” says Carolyn Ronis, ICEHA Executive Director. “Our new partnership with E-Gap is part of our ongoing initiative to provide that sustainable relief.”
The Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that works to provide access to education and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations around the world. In addition to the Blended Education 2.0 programming and courses in entrepreneurship, their programs include curriculum development, advocacy trainings, and educational workshops focusing on development and culture.
The International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse (ICEHA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that aims to eradicate hunger and abuse of humans and animals around the globe, by addressing the root causes, which include poverty, lack of education, crime, oppression, and species and gender based violence. Every program is locally tailored to create long-term, sustainable, and systemic change. ICEHA’s Nigeria program is focused on helping survivors of terrorism and human trafficking.