Female Development and Style

There are over 13 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps set up in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for people fleeing from the insurgency in the North East zone of Nigeria.

I once read an article that children in Internally Displaced person camp were feeding on onion leaves to survive. I also heard that women sometimes use dirty clothes for their period. It broke my heart to pieces and I have decided to do something about it. 

 

Amongst the many IDP camps in the FCT – Wasa, Kpegyi, Waru, Pya Kasa, Kuje, Lubge, Sabon Kuchi Goro village, Mararaba, Nyanya, Mission field at Kwali in the FCT and Kugaru and Kagruma in Nasarawa state to name a few. Myself in collaboration with Idios creatives, went to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Durunmi to do something for the kids. 

 

We went on children’s day – this way, we were able to give them a sense of belonging to the celebration of their special day. We shared books and snacks and I was happy that every child had something to take with them.

 

IDP camp -My Experience & What I Want to do For The Women

 

My experience at the IDP camp 

 

My experience at the camp was jarring. Seeing the “houses” made with sacks and no doors made me sad. There was no form of security to protect the occupants from assault or any attack. 

 

 Thinking back, I truly cannot imagine the danger the girls and women in the camp are constantly exposed to. They barely have enough to eat and are in dire need of hygiene products, clothes, better accommodation, medical attention, and economic empowerment so they can stop relying on the less than ideal living situation at the camps. 

 

Picture having to live your day to day life without good clothes to wear, sanitary pads to use, food to eat, clean water to drink, and not having a bed to rest your head on at night. I mean, life is hard even with a roof over your head, job security, and food. It makes me sad that these women and children are going through this. 

 

 

 I want to do something to help in the little way I can. I want to provide them with clean clothes and toiletries. I want to invest in their wellbeing. 

 

 

Currently, my finances are all over the place. I have decided to plan and save for this cause but I know if I save the money in my account, I can end up spending it on something else. My friend recently introduced me to a savings app called Cowrywise. I looked into it and discovered I can automate my savings and lock the money over a set period of time so I won’t be able to touch it. It’s such a no brainer that I’m definitely going to use it. 

 

I have not set a specific amount for this project yet because I need to plan my finances properly first.  This cause is very dear to my heart and I will appreciate your support if you can donate. please leave a comment saying you want to donate money and/or neatly used clothes I will send you an email with my details. 

 

IDP camp -My Experience & What I Want to do For The Women

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
– Helen Keller

 

 Love and Light Always 

Funke Olotu 

 

 



16 Comments

  • Posted May 31, 2019 2:50 am
    by Cirphrank

    My finances aren’t in order now, how I wish this was in Benin, I would have seen to offering services if possible.

    This is good work, you should keep at it. God bless you immensely.

    • Posted May 31, 2019 8:24 am
      by thefunkeolotu

      Amen and God bless you Cirphrank, hopefully next time.

  • Posted May 31, 2019 5:04 pm
    by Stacie

    I love what’s being done for these children. Thank you so much for sharing. The more this message gets out, the more help they can get.

  • Posted May 31, 2019 6:58 pm
    by Stacie

    I would love to help with IDP. There are so many women out there who need help, and I love what this organization is doing.

  • Posted May 31, 2019 6:59 pm
    by Colleen

    This organization is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience and the organization in general. It gives more of us a chance to help!

  • Posted May 31, 2019 8:22 pm
    by Brianne Tursi Manz

    I love what’s being done to help these children. I appreciate you for sharing this. The message needs to be spread as much as possible

  • Posted June 1, 2019 6:47 pm
    by Becca Wilson

    This sounds like it would be an amazing camp. There needs to be more like this!

  • Posted June 1, 2019 8:16 pm
    by Mavs Escala

    How I wish I have time to participate in things like this! Taking care of our baby eats up our whole time.

  • Posted June 1, 2019 9:33 pm
    by Annemarie LeBlanc

    God bless your kind heart. I know it is so sad to witness such hardship, especially for the children. They deserve better! I wish you all the best in your future campaign to help these people. I know you will be getting lots of support.

  • Posted June 2, 2019 3:07 am
    by Heather

    I would love to be able to help with this. Thanks for sharing. This is so important.

  • Posted June 2, 2019 1:25 pm
    by Emmanuel Damian

    Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps seems like needing a lot more help. You are a good person with a great heart! Keep it up!

  • Posted June 2, 2019 4:55 pm
    by Heather Barber McMechan

    It’s heart-breaking to hear how others live their day-to-day lives. Good way to help one another is by getting involved.

  • Posted June 4, 2019 8:47 am
    by Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Aaaahhhh…how generous of you, Funke!

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  • Posted June 13, 2019 12:28 pm
    by Bee

    Thank you so much for sharing Funke.
    It hurts to see the suffering that they have to go through to stay alive.
    I’d appreciate your details so I can make a donation.
    Thank you.

    • Posted June 13, 2019 2:02 pm
      by thefunkeolotu

      Thank you so much, there is a link to donate in the post but I’ll forward that to your email

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