ActionAid/JDCF provides succor worth over n7m to 350 women in Benue

ActionAid Nigeria is working with Justice Development and Caritas Foundation (JDCF) in collaboration with Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to carry out an emergency humanitarian assistance targeting six (6) affected communities within the LGA that have, in the recent past, suffered from crisis.

This followed a reoccurring crisis in Agatu Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State, which continues to impact negatively on the lives and livelihood of community members in the LGA.

With commitment to ActionAid’s Humanitarian signature and the Core Humanitarian Standards, the project is reaching 350 women headed households in Okokolo, Oshigbudu, Odugbeho, Adana, Aila, Olegomakwo, with cash for food and dignity items worth N7.9M as a way of reducing the hardship caused by the incessant crisis.

ActionAid is a global organization that is dedicated to the fight against poverty; its vision is a world, without poverty and injustice, in which every person enjoys his or her right to life with dignity.

ActionAid works in over 40 countries across the globe. ActionAid Nigeria has been working in Nigeria since 1999.

Declining security systems in project State have increased the vulnerability of poor and excluded communities caught up in crisis while youths and men are also caught up in the aftermath of conflict, women, and children often bear the brunt.

According to Actionaid, the communal crisis in Agatu has left many women hopeless, having lost their farmlands, a major source of income and husbands who were breadwinners.

“This weeklong emergency intervention will provide appropriate aid to affected families in the LGA.

“A team of 14 youth volunteers were selected from the communities to lead the process and ensure that the most vulnerable households within the communities are identified and included as beneficiaries.

“Each identified household will receive N14,000.00 as cash for food and women in the community will receive dignity kits (sanitary towels, wrapper, hygiene kits etc.) worth N11,000.00, this will further assist to improve the coping capacity and alleviate the suffering which has been intensified by the crisis.

“350 women headed households in 6 communities will be reached during this intervention which is led by ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with Justice Development and Caritas Foundation (JDCF) and in collaboration with Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).”