Funds raised will be used to train more mental trauma counsellors (and train the trainer) to help victims of Boko Haram. Many are women who have suffered rape and gender based violence, and children, who've been attacked, kidnapped from schools, boys drafted as child soldiers and girls forced into marriage. So far, we’ve trained nearly 100 Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Trauma Counsellors and need to train many more. Unfortunately, the UK govt cut our expected aid funding, so we need your support to continue this fantastic work!!!
(A UK Regulated Charity)
With funds donated so far we have accomplished:
1) In Nov 2017, we sent a team of 4 UK based Psychiatrists to train c50 trauma counsellors to treat Boko Haram trauma victims across Northern Nigeria
2) In February 2018 - We sent a container of healthcare supplies for adults and babies, provided by a UK FMCG to an IDP Camp in Plateau State in Nigeria.
3) In Dec 2018, we arranged local orthopaedic surgery for adults who suffered gunshot wounds whilst fleeing Boko Haram
4) In Oct 2018. Our medical mission treated 471 children in a community impacted by Boko Haram in Nasarawa State, Northern Nigeria (see picture below) + organised follow-up life-saving hospital treatment for 2 young girls
5) In June 2019, our Psychiatric team trained 50 more trauma counsellors
A. Why should you help?
The conflict in Nigeria’s north-east has resulted in widespread displacement, violations of human rights. Now in its ninth year, the crisis shows no sign of abating. More than 30,000 people have been killed, thousands of women and girls abducted and children drafted as so-called "suicide" bombers into the insurgency. 2.7 million people, 50% of whom are children, fled their homes are in squalid camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) .
SOURCES: UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR CO-ORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND MSF
B. Why did we also choose mental trauma?
There are less than 200 qualified Psychiatric doctors in the whole of Nigeria (approx 1 million people for each Psychiatrist!). "As the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group raped, kidnapped and murdered its way across the region, about half of the Nigerians who fled their homes to camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) are suffering from trauma and its side effects such as depression. The vast majority of people affected are youth, it is simply a time bomb and if left untreated will “threaten the future of the country” FINANCIAL TIMES NOVEMBER 27, 2016
C. How will your money be used?
EVERY PENNY of funds donated will be spent on the charity projects