The Catholic Cartias Foundation of Nigeria in collaboration with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday donated the sum of N30,000 cash to of 500 internally displaced persons in Malkhohi camp of Adamawa State to mark the World Humanitarian Day
They also planted 15 trees in the camp to improve climate change.
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The Deputy Executive Secretary, Cartias Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Peter Babangida Audu, explained that the purpose of the visit was to share and celebrate with IDPs and to identify solidarity to support them.
He noted that the 19th of August has been set aside to mark the World Humanitarian Day in order to remember men, women, youths and children who are on the front line of providing succor to humanity in need.
He reiterated that after the disbursement of cash, they would soon decide on the skills to be provided to the IDPs so as to build their capacity and make self-reliant.
He said Cartias has supported capacity building initiatives and mentoring farmers on Climate Smart Agricultural techniques across different states, especially in training of vulnerable groups on organic farming.
“We have provided solar lanterns to over 10,000 students and vulnerable households, distribution of energy saving cooking stoves to over 10,000 households and trained 112 women trainers from 57 Catholic arch dioceses on the inclusion of rocks to the wood they use for cooking.”
“These women equally trained 11,426 rural women across parishes in 32 dioceses on clean energy cooking method with an aim of reducing smoke emission in the atmosphere,” he stated.
Agric Specialist, Mr Joseph Ndala, said, “Climate change has been one of the major cause of crisis because everything is diminishing; water, the environment has been badly damaged due to lots human practices that involves farming and deforestation .
“This is an avenue to see that we promote in order to curtail the activities of humans so as to bring habitat environment for being and to promote securities and planting of trees, which will create good environment for the people thereby encouraging afforestation, reducing erosion in creating environment for mammals and animals to survive.”
An IDP, Naomi Dauda, praised Cartias for such an intervention, adding that she would make use of the funds judicious so as to be self-reliant.
The Executive Secretary, Adamawa States Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Dr Muhammed Suleiman, linked the genesis of the reoccurring crisis with climate change, adding that climate change plays a great role in the survivor and means of livelihood of the peopel.
He praised Cartias Nigeria’s effort for marking the World Humanitarian Day with the IDPs and planting of several trees in the IDPs camp.