Touch a Life December 2018
following the Tech Camp in kano, we created a whatsapp group for our IDP camps. The members of the group are Tafuko Tabawassah, Ejura Adama, Winifred Wang abd Chinret Best. Ejura Will be working with the New Kuchigoro IDP Camp in Abuja while Tafuko, Winifred and Chinret will be working on different initiatives at the same Geoscience IDP Camp in Jos South Local Government Area of Pleateau State. We have been able to have useful discussions and chat sessions on the WhatsApp group with the guidance of our Equal Access International mentor Gad Peter Shamaki. On Monday, December 17th, 2018, Tafuko, Winifred and Chinret met at a coffee shop in Rayfield, Jos, Plateau State to discuss the next steps to be taken with regards to starting the project. A decision was made not to delay any longer but to pay a visit to the camp the next day. On Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, we paid a visit to the camp at 9:00am in the morning. We were able to meet with Mr. Gyang Alfred Gyang the Director of Administration at the camp, Mr. Goni, the Head of Security at the camp and Mr. Emmanuel Dawazi the Head of Inventory at the camp, joined us towards the end of our meeting. We gave them the background of our training at the Tech Camp
and shared our various project with them.Mr. Alfred asked us some very important question regarding consistency, accountability and our long term plan. He also shared some concern with us. The Plateau State government is planning to relocate some of the people in the camp to their various communities as part of their campaign efforts moving towards election in February 2019. He says it is likely just to give the public a positive impression about government efforts but government has not been providing support to the camps. We need to be mindful of this as we start activities in January because we might not have the same numbers at the end of June as we did at the beginning. However, he assured us that there will be great participation and involvement due to the serious case of idleness in the camp. There were about 2,674 people in this camp but a few have gone back to their villages. There are currently 2,117 people in the camp. There are over a thousand women and about 1,092 children between the ages of 4 – 12 years old. We were able to take some pictures with the camp officials and some of the women and children in the camp. It was a very fruitful visit and we look forward to starting activities in January
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Thank you to Winifred who created our Facebook group page. The name of the page is “Touch a Life”. We reached this name after various suggestions on the WhatsApp group chat and after we discussed verbally at the meeting three of the team members held in Jos. We are excited to share pictures and progress reports, success stories and various updates on how our initiatives are moving along and the impact we are having. We will also share upcoming events or activities for supporters and volunteers to get information. We encourage you to share with your friends, colleagues, and family members.
We thank everyone in anticipation of your great support!
Ejura paid a visit to New volunteers to help address Kuchigoro IDP camp in Abuja. where she met with the camp leader and had a discussion with him as regards the state in the IDP camp. in the IDPs camp have begun farm activities in Nasarrawa State, which is presently carried out by both men and women. They are in need of training for skills of yam cultivation. Ejura is working to get volunteers to help address that need in the camp Health issues in the camp have been somewhat taken care of. Ejura will collaborate with the nurse who has volunteered for 2 years to help provide primary health care in the camp.
Ejura has a meeting scheduled at the end of the month with the camp leader as well as the nurse. The meeting is to further discuss modalities and help she can render. Team in Jos is planning on being hosted on a radio show either on the morning of Saturday December 29 th or the evening of Sunday December 30th . Gad Peter is helping to provide a contact that will make that happen. Conference call week of 24th December between Tafuko, Winifred and Chinret to prepare for radio show.
We voted on colors for a group tshirt and sky blue with black writing seemed to be the most liked. Tafuko is to come up with a creative hash tag for the back of our t-shirts. In the front, we will have the phrase “Touching Lives”. These shirts will be worn intermittently with our Farar Tattabara Peace Promoters shirt when we visit the IDP camps and start our activities. Continue raising awarenss using Twitter and Facebook and word of mouth and providing support to group members and other fellows.
Continue work on activity and lesson plans in preparation for starting activities in January 2019.