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The months of May, June & July have been packed with so much interventions addressing the key needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Benue State, Nigeria.

With support from National Democratic Institute (NDI), CLHEI carried out an intervention to register IDPs living in 3 IDP Camps (Ortese, Uikpiam & Daudu 3) and 5 host communities (Baka, NEPA quarters, Federal Housing, Obagaji & Jato-aka) to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) n order to ensure increased participation of IDPs in the electoral process in Benue State. following the above background, trained IDP Champions with support from CLHEI Program staff were able to register 1064 IDPs across the project locations and also nudged INEC to prioritize the registration of IDPs living in other local governments housing IDPs in large numbers before the shutdown of the INEC CVR Portal on June 30th, 2022.

CLHEI conducting registration of IDPs for their PVCs with support from INEC personnel in Uikpiam IDP Camp of Benue State.

Also, in responding to the plights of victims of terrorist attacks in Benue State, Nigeria, 1000 IDPs in Naka, Gwer-West were selected to benefit from the distribution of food and non-food items for 6 months starting April – September, 2022 with support from Victim Support Fund (VSF). This is helping to enhance the recovery of dignity and livelihood of victims of terrorist activities in Benue State, Nigeria.

CLHEI Staff Sorting out the APril/May Food items ahead of distribution in Naka IDP Camp, Gwer West of Benue State with support from Victims Support Fund (VSF)
CLHEI Staff distributing food items to beneficiaries during the April/May food distribution activities in Naka IDP Camp, Gwer-West of Benue State

Over the years CLHEI has maintained a culture of volunteering as most of her human resource capital were developed through volunteering. This responds to the deep need of developing new working skills especially in the development sector, and also address the issue of unemployment especially among the young population in Nigeria.

Consequently, to round up the month of July, CLHEI flagged off her 2022 CLHEI Volunteer Week in partnership with Gender Advocacy for Justice Initiative (GAJI) with the training of 109 youths on volunteerism. The activity themed 2022 CLHEI Volunteers Week: Understanding the Concept of Volunteering & Leveraging Opportunities in the Development Sector afforded the organizing partners the opportunity to engage youths as major drivers of change to build and lead solutions in their communities and present them volunteering opportunities in service to humanity.

A cross section of participants during the 2022 CLHEI Volunteers Week Flag off in Makurdi, Benue State

This month of August, we call on meaningful partnerships and collaborations as we strive to further develop more effective strategies and interventions in the areas of Governance & democracy, Education, Climate Smart Agriculture & Protection to serve the needs of vulnerable and displaced populations better.

Thank you!

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