Recently, we partnered with our Jubilee Campaign Netherlands branch and an organization based in Nigeria, Stefanos Foundation, to provide relief packages to 135 households in camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kugwaru village, Nigeria.
Through funding from our organization, relief workers bought food such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, and biscuits, as well as non-food supplies such as soap and put the supplies in 230 sealed plastic buckets for distribution to IDPs. The buckets were allotted based on family size and provided for households that held anywhere between 1 and 18 family members. The supplies were distributed between the 14th and 17th of July. The beneficiaries were families who were primarily Christian from various church congregations that had been affected by the terrorism of Boko Haram.
Over 700,000 people were internally displaced in Nigeria last year due to conflict and violence. Nigeria holds two of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world: Boko Haram and the Fulani Militants. These groups and other militant groups have terrorized many in Nigeria. These people who are forced to leave their homes commonly go to IDP camps hoping to find some relief. Unfortunately, with the large IDP population, there is oftentimes not enough food and other basic supplies to take care of everyone. Because of the inability for many to get basic necessities, people are dying every day in these camps. It is a desperate situation for many as they look for any means possible to keep their families alive and well.
The following are testimonies of some of the recipients of the relief packages:
“I am 12 years old. We have been here with my parents since 2013. We are five children in the family. I am in class 2 in the primary school here. My family was able to receive its share of the items brought and we just want to say, thank you.”
“My name is Daniel Barka, 27 years old, married with three children. I have been here since 2014, I had to hire a piece of land to farm. I am thankful to God for keeping us alive. I hope to go back to my village soon. Here in the community, our major problem has been the issue of health and finances to barter for some basic needs. My wife is currently not feeling fine and I don’t have the money to enroll my children in school.”
“I am a widow, I have 5 children and life has not been easy, but we thank God for those who are helping us. I got a free farmland to farm and help my family. I just want to say thanks to those who brought about the distribution of these items to us. Thanks for the love”
We would like to thank our donors for their ongoing support of Jubilee Campaign! We love to report on the fruit that comes from the generosity of our supporters. Your support helps us meet the needs of people around the world and continue to take part in the Lord’s work!
Please continue to pray for Nigeria and its IDPs:
Pray that God will open doors for IDPs so that they may be economically able to take care of the needs in their families.
Pray that the Nigerian government will be swift in clearing every security threat in the areas grossly affected by activities of terrorists and come up with a robust reintegration plan for the IDPs to return home.
Pray also that every trauma being experienced by IDPs will be healed and that God will encouraged their hearts.
Below are more pictures from the relief project.