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TY Danjuma Foundation in partnership with All Children Charity International Foundation (ACCIF) successfully completed a 3-months training on shoe making, bead making, and tailoring for 50 Internally Displaced Persons in Pegi, Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who are mainly from the Chibok community in Borno State. Entrepreneurship was also included in the training and at the end, all got their bank accounts opened for their businesses .The 5o trained IDPs were all given seed equipment as support to start their businesses.
At the graduation ceremony held at the Primary School in Pegi, the Chief Executive Officer of TY Danjuma Foundation, Dr. Sunday Udoh congratulated the trainees and encouraged them to use their newly acquired skills to improve their lives and impact on their communities wherever they find themselves. Mrs. Ranti Daudu, Executive Director of ACCIF called on partners and the community to help promote the products by the IDPs. She observed that it is only when the products are patronised that it translate to value and livelihood for the IDPs.
The graduating students showcased end products of the 3-months intensive training before representative of the Government, press men, and other stakeholders; products displayed include; shoes, sandals, hand bag, necklaces and ties, and dresses.
20 years old Ms. Hauwa Yusuf from Chibok learned how to make bags from beads. She is happy with her skills and loves the place (Pegi). She says she does not want to go back to Chibok.
Isaac Madu who was a student of Borno College of Agriculture studying Animal Health and Production before Boko Haram destroyed his community expressed happiness for the skill acquired. He said the skill was a lasting legacy and he will establish himself to contribute to his Chibok community
Bulus Watsai was a comfortable business man who had a booming spare part shop and a chair/ canopy rental worth over N500, 000 to take care of his 6 children. He had just returned from the shop and was resting when Boko Haram struck and destroyed his shop and his house. He was lucky to have survived with all his family intact. He says he will use the tailoring skill to take care of his family.
Peter Moses was not that lucky, he lost all his family members to Boko Haram. His niece is also among the Chibok girls kidnapped. He says he is excited at the opportunity to start life again with his shoe making skills.
The training of the 50 Internally Displaced Persons at Pegi, Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is one of 18 interventions selected by the foundation and given grants for the 2015 grant year.