We made a visit to the IDP Camp in Wasa District of the FCT as part of the MER-C Project (Mavis Education in Response to Conflict) in collaboration with Funlola Akiode and working with Mamathlama Skills And Creative Venture.
The camp, which is located some distance after Apo Mechanic Village has over 5,100 people (over 2,500 of them are children under 5 years of age). It was really sad seeing them living in an abandoned estate, largely ignored by the government and unknown to most people.
We donated food items, exercise books, writing materials, footballs, our Hausa-learning-English Mavis Talking Books and Solar Kit (to kick start a literacy program) as most of them speak only Hausa. They only have volunteer teachers that come once in a while. The camp has just one makeshift health center (and one community health worker) that’s in desperate need of supplies like injections, drips, medication (antimalarial drugs, antibiotics, folic acid, etc).
We can’t wait to visit again and make a bigger impact in both the education and health needs of this settlement. If you’ll like to be part of this intervention, please click here to contact us.