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Internally displaced women in Monguno, Nigeria

ECHO humanitarian assistance Nigeria

An EU humanitarian aid (ECHO) funded project providing emergency assistance to people affected by the armed conflict in Borno State, north east Nigeria. We are addressing the urgent needs of internally displaced people, returnees and host communities.

The programme aims to support highly vulnerable communities and reach 4,000 households - approximately 30,000 people - in Konduga, in Borno State, Nigeria.

We are focusing on:

  • food security through unconditional e-cash vouchers to provide immediate food assistance
  • water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work to ensure safe drinking water, improve sanitation facilities and hygiene practices.

Key information

Location

Borno State, north east Nigeria

Programme value

€1,764,706 

Target population

4,000 households (approximately 30,000 people)

Funded by

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ECHO Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Our approach

Christian Aid's ECHO intervention focuses on covering gaps in humanitarian response across Konduga, Nigeria, by targeting two of the most urgent humanitarian needs:

  • Food security through cash/commodity transfer
  • Water, sanitation and health (WASH) activities, including essential hygiene items, for affected targeted households

We have distributed other items and hygiene kits to more than 2,000 homes - including jerrycans, sanitary pads, detergents, kettles, blankets, water purifying tablets, soap, mosquito nets and cooking pots.

Christian Aid has also supported promotion of safer hygiene practices, training 130 hygiene promotion volunteers from local communities and producing information materials to raise awareness.

Transparency and accountability

Ensuring we are accountable to the communities we are reaching in NE Nigeria is a key concern for Christian Aid. We have put up information boards in all project locations which show all the activities being implemented there and their cost. This empowers communities to verify the information and hold Christian Aid accountable for the work we do. 

There are suggestion boxes and contact points in all communities, for people to make complaints and give feedback. There is also a dedicated telephone line for community members to raise concerns. All complaints received are properly recorded and followed up for action by Christian Aid's accountability team.

Gender and inclusion

There is a strong emphasis on gender and inclusion in our emergency response programme in Nigeria. The selection of beneficaries focuses particularly on vulnerable women such as pregnant women and new mothers, women-headed households, widows and elderly people. Female volunteers staff distribution points so women beneficiaries are more comfortable and confident in providing feedback.

Our WASH activities also focus on specific needs of women. We build gender segregated toilets and include sanitary pads in the hygiene kits. 

Community level management structures such as Community Humanitarian Committees, WASH committees and community hygiene promoters have a significant number of women representatives, providing opportunities for women to be part of the decision-making processes that affect their lives. 

The needs of people with disabilities were considered while designing the programme. Sites and features of toilets were decided based on the needs of people with disabilities and the elderly.
 

Queue of internally placed people in Nigeria

Queue of internally placed people in Nigeria

Christian Aid volunteers help to load a truck of supplies for internally displaced people in Nigeria

Christian Aid volunteers help to load a truck of supplies

Food supplies to be distributed in Nigeria (supplied by David Mudachi)

Food supplies to be distributed in Nigeria

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