GWCI have distributed relief materials including bed, bed sheath, sanitary materials, cooking stoves, dresses/clothing materials, shoes, food, water etc to the internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee their homes or place of as a result of insurgencies in north-east Nigeria. In the recent times, the organization has been distributing medical drugs, equipment and consumables across States Government Hospitals, Military hospitals (Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air-force). Large quantity of Medical equipment, drugs and consumables were distributed in Adamawa state, Borno state and Yobe state through their State Government for the treatment of IDPs that sustained different degrees of injuries during the insurgency in north east Nigeria. The aforementioned three states are mostly affected by the on-going insurgencies which formally spread through the entire north—east region and some part of the north-west and north-central including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in the north central.
GWCI Interventions in North-East Nigeria
Over the past years GWCI have been providing humanitarian aids, food relief, micro-nutrients, food supplements, clothing materials, vitamins, medical drugs, sanitary wares, medical relief materials, mosquitoes’ nets, psycho-trauma therapy etc., for over 20,000 internally displaced persons of different age, gender, and ethnic nationalities in north-east Nigeria. Also, benefited from the organizations donations include the physically challenged, who has received wheelchair donations from GWCI. These donations are only made possible through the generous funding the organization has received from members of the Nigerian community and its citizenries, international philanthropists/funders that donates in cash and in-kind.
To ensure adequate care and support and good medical treatment for the IDPs, GWCI has also, donated medical equipment to the States affected by the insurgencies through, their States Government and overseen by their Commissioners in the Ministries of Health respectively, these include Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states where the activities of the insurgents has been intensified. Other donations made include: hospital equipment with a worth of $2,000,000 across north-east Nigeria including Military hospitals comprising of Nigerian Army (NA), Nigeria Air Force(NAF) and the Nigerian Navy (NN); Food Relief Assistance was donated to 20,000 IDPs; Empowerment Programme worth =N=15,000,000 has been carried out by GWCI for IDPs in north east Nigeria etc.
GWCI dedicated services as a non-governmental organization has contributed immensely to the survival of the IDPs in their various camps across the north-east Nigeria. Our nutrition programme which focused on distribution of food, micro-nutrients and vitamins to the targeted beneficiaries in IDP camps including malnourished children, girl-mothers, nursing mothers and pregnant women has also, contributed to the survival of the severe acute malnourished (SAM) IDPs in the past. Our organization, GWCI and its services have made life bearable for IDPs, and in fact, our passion to serve the poor along with our partners and collaborators in the Nigerian society and overseas have put a smile on many poor house-holds in the country!
Despite the laudable achievement recorded across the IDP camps in north-east Nigeria with the support of well-meaning national and international partners and collaborators, it is sad to note that the impact of the economic recession in Nigeria is now causing untold hardship to the IDPs. The wind of famine that is blowing across the country coupled with the deepening crisis of the economic recession have led to the dead of about 4000 children in one of the IDP camps while nursing mothers, girl-child mothers and pregnant women including the old people and the physically challenged in the IDP camps and across the villages, hamlets and local government areas now suffer severe acute malnutrition (SAM) which is now the leading cause of death across the IDP camps, hence the alarm raised by UNICEF and “Doctors-Without-Borders” on the dire conditions of the IDPs in north-east Nigeria in the recent times.