THE Victims Support Fund (VSF) has spent N394. 69 million on its Foster Care Project, designed to provide support to unaccompanied and separated children, due to insurgency in Adamawa.
The Executive Director of the VSF, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, made the disclosure in a document seen by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Adamawa in Nigeria’s northeast has been plagued by a decade-long insurgency that has killed thousands, displaced millions and left the economy in ruins.
Ochoche said that 1,200 orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children had benefited from the project within the past three years.
“In 2016 only 300 orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children were enrolled and supported in the VSF Foster Care Project.
“In 2017, VSF enrolled and supported 400 orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children in its project. Mubi South had 100, Mubi North 100 and Michika 200.
“In 2018, 500 orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children were enrolled and supported in the VSF Foster Care Project in Madagali.’’
According to him, the objective of the project is to provide alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children, using a family-based strategy.
“The key element of the project is the monthly cash support given to the families of those who were affected by insurgency which is expected to reach the entire household in that community not only the orphans.
“The VSF’s other priority areas include the Education Support Project, aimed at addressing the unavailability of learning and teaching supplies, access to education and provision of learning spaces.
“Others are facilitating access to education and provision of psychosocial support to children; building the capacity of teachers to identify risks and improving learning outcomes as well as provision of water sanitation and hygiene.
“It also includes restoration of livelihoods through support for rain-fed and dry season farming and economic empowerment of women.
“Others are the support for the restoration of local governance through the reconstruction of public buildings devastated by the insurgents.’’ (NAN)
– Feb. 20, 2019 @ 13:42 GMT |