NGO distributes relief materials to victims of banditry
NGO distributes relief materials to victims of banditry.
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Society for Alleviation of Rural Poverty and Integration of Peaceful co-existence (SARPIC) has distributed relief items to over 1,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Niger.
Mr John Bawa, Founder of the NGO, led his team, on Saturday to distribute the relief items to two IDP camps taking shelter in Government Day Secondary Schools, Shiroro and Zumba in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SARPIC is a community based NGO currently in Niger with a mission to build a cycle of love and support-base around those in distress and those in need.
Bawa said the intervention was through the NGOs community resilience action, through the provisions of livelihood support project with the target to reach out to over 3,000 IDPs with clothing, food, medical outreach, education and entrepreneurship training.
“This intervention is for victims of insurgency displaced from their homes and communities. We solicited support from our friends, individuals, sympathisers and corporate organisations to ameliorate the plight of these IDPs.
“What we are doing is service to humanity and to God. We have items such as clothes, shoes, bags and other household items for victims, who obviously fled the attacks for survival,” he said.
He said that subsequent intervention would be for distribution of food items, medical interventions, entrepreneurship training and possibly, grant of scholarships to bright children, who had dropped out of school to return to school.
In their separate remarks, Mr Umaru Aliyu, District Head of Galadima-kogo, Danladi Dada, appreciated SARPIC and the individuals that contributed the items and for coming to their aid with the items to reduce their sufferings.
Also, Abdullahi Adamu, a victim from Galadima-kogo, said the bandits inflected untold hardship and pain on his immediate family and relatives as well as torched his house and food stuffs during the attacks.
He prayed for an end to terrorism in the area to enable them return to their homes and continue with their farm activities and commended the organisation for the gesture and succour they brought to them.
Another victim, Rabi Musa, said she trekked from Galadima-Kogo to the camp that night, which is about 30km without shoes as the bandits invaded their community shooting sporadically, killing and burning down their property.
She said the NGO was the first to come to their aid since they had been at the IDP camp for three months now.