Foundation offers mental health, psycho-social supports for victims of insurgency, GBV in Borno

A cross section of the beneficiaries during the workshop organized by Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development in Maidugiri.

By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –

Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, a Non Governmental Organization has organized a 2-day training for 30 selected members of Jire Dole Network Borno state, in a bid to build their resilience, mental health and offer psycho-social supports for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency and Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The two day training workshop which also included lectures on business and skills entrepreneurship was held at the Allamin. Foundation for Peace and Development Office in Maidugiri

The Executive Director, Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, Hajiya Hamsatu Allamin said the workshop was purposely organized for the selected members of the Jire Dole Network to share their personal experiences and to assist them in recovering from their trauma as victims of insurgency.

Represented by the foundation Project Manager, Mr. Samuel Orahii, she added that the training was also aimed at providing the participants (victims and survivors) with the necessary information and knowledge on mental health and psychosocial support as well as confidence building and entrepreneurship to build their resilience .

The Executive Director explained that the Allamin Foundation comprises of 8 humanitarian groups, namely, mothers and relations of enforced disappearances, victims of arbitrary arrest (Youths), Njotkuno movement victims of arbitrary arrest (Women), victims of arbitrary arrest (minors), knifes movement of wives of disappeared husband , inda rai network of survivors, network of early/forced marriage and early divorce as well as network of widows of invisible children .

Also, The Allamin Foundation Gender Officer, Hajiya Falmata Musa, said the training was organized purposely to orientate, educate and enlighten the participants with useful information and knowledge on how to support them build resilience among victims of forced marriage and victims/relations of military/Boko Haram/CJTF abuses using religious perspective.

A resource person, Hajiya Falmata Umar Abdulkadir who is also the former President , Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FAMWAN), Borno state added that the training workshop was organized to acquaint the participants with religious message in peace , forgiveness, reconciliation, human rights and courage as it relates to resilience and focusing on a new leaf in life.

Some of the beneficiaries appreciated the foundation for giving them the opportunity to be part of the workshop, which has benefited them immensely.

Highlights of the training workshop include group photographs, presentation of cash support, and questions & answers session on the training.

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