Two Nigerian Organisations awarded Grants for 2018 Julia Taft Refugee Fund

Two local organizations: the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiative (CCEPI); and Initiatives for the Empowerment of Vulnerable Persons in the Society have received $25,000 in grants from U.S. Mission to Nigeria to address important gaps in refugee protection and assistance, gaps not addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs.

The two organizations received the funds in response to the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) call for program recommendations for the 2018 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

The two projects to be funded through this program will work with some of the most vulnerable populations in Nigeria – internally displace persons (IDPs) and returnees, including orphans, young widows and indigent persons whose livelihood has been destroyed as a result of insecurity in Northeast Nigeria, helping them to become economically self-sufficient.

The Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young said, “The fund known as ‘Julia Taft Refugee Fund’ was aimed at addressing important gaps not addressed by larger multilateral refugee programmes. The funds are meant to support sustainable projects that assist refuge.”

According to him, “The organisations received the funds in response to a call by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration for programme recommendations for the 2018 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.”

He further said, “The two projects to be funded through this programme would work with some of the most vulnerable populations in Nigeria internally displaced persons and returnees. These include orphans, young widows and indigent persons whose livelihood has been destroyed as a result of insecurity in Northeast Nigeria, helping them to become economically self-sufficient.”

An official of CCEPI, Daniel Dibal said, “The organisation had been taken care of widows and orphans in Borno. The state had the highest number of widows, widowers and orphans. This grant would go a long way in addressing the challenge of the people.”

Dibal further said, “It will go a long way in initiating the programme to assist ravaging communities. For the fact that most NGOs avoid Borno, we decided to take the bull by the horn. The programme targets 25,000 families in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa with extension to Nasarawa state.”

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