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Rehabilitating and empowering those in the International Christian Mission Camp in Uhogua Benin City, Nigeria

Our idea is to provide a 360 degree approach that rehabilitates and empowers IDPs in ICM camp Uhogua Benin City Nigeria.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

According to UNICEF in 2007, it was declared that 11 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and 13% of that 11 million risk becoming mentally deformed in adulthood. Nigeria ranks top in Africa and 3rd globally. With the increase in militancy and violence,the spate of internally displaced persons has become frightening. This idea is to help reduce the challenge of the internally displaced people(IDPs) in the camp in Benin city Nigeria by evaluating their physical and emotional state since many of them would have experienced one form of abuse or trauma and providing them with medical treatment, therapeutic solutions and counselling by seasoned professionals so that they can have immediate and necessary help with hope for the future. We would also set up a large farm that would enable the camp to be self sustaining after the programme and empower the adults through skill acquisition and on completion of the training see how we can further equip them while also ensuring that their children go to school so that they can have a life beyond IDP camp. The root cause of internally displaced persons are multi-faceted, complex and often overlapping. The emergence of the islamist militant group, Boko-Haram in the North-east has cause large numbers of displacements since 2014. In the middle belt the competition between farmers and cattle herdsmen has resulted in violence which has led to internally displaced persons.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The Geography of focus is West Africa, Nigeria and the community is (Hausa commuinity, victims of Boko-Haram), . Most of the victims are displaced from the North, some of them have lost families, homes and means of livelihood.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The bridge that my idea build between people on the move and their neighbour is first we have a common humanity and must learn to tolerate and accommodate one another no matter the ethnic or religious differences. We would establish a farm as a community related project for human capital development and towards a shared future of stability and promise. This will also help to avert crisis that might emanate from hunger and starvation and also give the people hope for the future.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

First, these displaced persons can't meet their basic Human needs, so first of all we would provide them with medical help, therapy and initial feeding. We are going to set up a farm (where some of the produce will be processed to finished products) that would be able to sustain the people in the camp beyond the programme. Furthermore we are going to ensure that all the children and youths who are out of school due to the displacement return to school and prepare for life beyond the IDP community. Lastly, we would organize skill acquisition, training and re-training to ensure that they are empowered to be able to live life beyond the IDP Camps. This will give them hope and enhance their survival ability beyond the IDP camp

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The first difference we will make is an intaginable commodity-giving the people hope.They will be sure that there is an organization that is interested in them. The community will be taught good neighbourliness, simple hygiene,skill acquisition and ensuring that children are sent back to school. Furthermore, we will create a database system that will capture the bio-data of every member of the community which will enable us to track them and follow their progress. We will be able to assess the positive change because many of the results will be empirical and visible e.g a child who is out of school and cannot read and write but is now in school and can read and write is positive change. A woman who has gone through emotional trauma and resulting to nightmares but is now stable by virtue of medical help and therapeutic solutions is positive change . And everyone is been trained and prepared for life beyond the IDP camp.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The inspiration behind the idea has been since i was in the university, i was a student leader and we used to organize medical and other outreaches to indigent communities where students and associates provide food, medical treatment, therapeutic solutions and counselling to those in the community. We also teach those communities simple hygiene like the washing of hands after using the toilet or when they come back from the farm and also how to handle simple health issue like that of Oral Re-hydration Therapy (0RT). This idea is important for the IDP camps in focus because it will help bring wholeness, stability, hope and being equipped for life beyond the IDP camps. The relief package we would be offering them which comprises food supplies, medical treatment,therapeutic and counselling sessions and Skill acquisition will bring them back to a new level of life and help them to live well in their community which is very important in the IDP camp.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The dynamics of the community is that most of them (About 85%) are children and youths and about 15% are Adults completing the 100% mark of people in this community. Many of the young ones are orphans who have either lost their parents or cannot locate them due to the Boko Haram insurgency. In the category of Adults in this community we have the childless adults, widows and widowers who have lost their spouses and their loved ones, they have undergone all kinds of trauma before arriving at the camp. Most of these people were farmers and they lack every other survival skills to sustain and take care of themselves. Looking at the dynamics of this community, the issue of training and skill acquisition becomes paramount so that they can have a source of livelihood to sustain them now and prepare for life beyond the IDP camp. This is a large camp with about 4500 persons and the needs for safety,hygiene, security and sustainance is high. Every relief materials needs to be provided.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Our idea will leverage on the fact that this is a closely knitted community where everyone is facing the same challenge of displacement, hunger, starvation, sickness and hopelessness and it is easy to mobilize and empower them by dividing them into cell groups by which we can then address their needs. Every cell will have a leader. This makes service such as Education, Health-Assessment and Intervention, Skill-acquisition and empowerment training easier to go round everyone in the camp. The internally displaced persons(IDPs) shares common cultural background and language since they are from the same region of the country. Therefore, communication will be easier and raising leaders amongst them. The presence of more children and youths in the camp i.e 85%, many without parents and with fewer adults about 15% makes the environment look like a family setting. The elders will be trained on leadership and this will help in service delivery within the camp.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

The other stakeholder that will work alongside us in implementing the idea is African Vision Tract House Society (AVTHS) which is the mission arm of Nigeria Christian Graduate Fellowship. It is a not-for-profit faith based organization. It was established in 1997. one of the core programmes of AVTHS is medical missions where professionals in the medical field and related fields goes to communities to offer free medical services, therapeutic solutions and counselling. AVTHS has a printing press for social development and charitable purposes. It was established to write, publish, print and distribute free literature in different languages to meet the basic human needs through appropriate social, medical, educational and relief projects. The stakeholders in this project have the expertise, training, experience to make a difference in the lives of the people we intend to implement this idea for. We also intend to work with International Christian Missions (ICM).

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

Quemems Farms Limited

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Quemems Farms Limited is an agro based ventured that specializes in production, processing and sales of agricultural products. Our venture is a multi-pronged programme directed at enhancing profitability of local farmers and achieving zero waste in the Agricultural business We have a strong culture of corporate social responsibility. we have partnered with different faith based organizations to take care of and to feed indigent people in different communities and those in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. UNICEF declared in 2007 that 11 million children suffers from acute malnutrition and 13% of that 11 million risk becoming mentally deformed in adulthood. Nigeria ranks top in Africa and third globally. This statistics is frightening and we are trying to address it in our own little way particularly in the IDP camps where life is at the lowest ebb and many people have lost homes, livelihood and loved ones. We visited this community to render relief services.

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  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

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Organization Headquarters: City / State

Ibadan/Oyo State


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Hello Bernard Agbaragu, we at NDEF Cameroon have read with interest your idea striving to provide relieve to vulnerable people out there in neighbouring Nigeria.

We encourage your plan to open a large farm to meet subsistence needs of the inmates. Instead of allowing the inmates to sit and idle while you spend from a tight budget, it is a good idea engage them for the length of time that they would be with you to work and make a contribution to your efforts. As such, we advise here that you could adopt agroforestry practices to better deliver a package encompassing food crops, tree crops and small livestock with man at the centre. A juxtaposition of these components would lead to symbiotic relationships with mutual benefits. Food crops would provide short term benefits; small ruminants would provide benefits in the medium term while tree crops would provide benefits in the long term. Useful trees serve as the farmers’ insurance cover (pension).

On tree planting still, you could adopt vegetative propagation techniques such as grafting and air-layering to produce fruit tree seedlings which deliver fruits in two to three years after planting. In this way, young persons (who are often not patient enough to wait for a long time) will get results of endeavours sooner than later. You could also consider integrating aquaponics into the system. Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)

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Dear Nkeng Pius,
Thank you very much for your write up and professional advice in the setting up of the farm for the IDP camp. It is really encouraging and appreciated.
In fact, what you have said is just on point and already articulated in our concept note. We are wholly adopting the agro forestry and integrated farming system with zero waste in order to ensure that people in the camp are not only catered for but are also properly trained for life beyond the IDP camp.

We hope that we will be able to redirect their focus and equip them for the years ahead.
Thank you for your contribution NDEF Cameroon