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Refugee Relief Initiative Launches Reproductive Health And Empowerment Program For Refugees In Nigeria

By Tem Martin, Wednesday May 22, 2019.

Refugee Relief Initiative Launches Reproductive Health And Empowerment Program For Refugees In Nigeria
RRI training refugees in Bashua on skills acquisition.

Refugee Relief Initiative (RRI), a non-profit organization taking care of some refugees in Nigeria has launched a program to protect suffering Cameroonian Refugees from unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

Research shows that because of hardship in some of the settlements, refugees have resorted to prostituting to make ends meet. RRI reports say has committed itself to preventing the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

National Telegraph gathered that RRI brought in two doctors; Dr. Obeyce in charge of Etung Loocal Government Area (LGA) and Dr. Patience specialized in Family Planning.

Refugees in Ajassor (Etung LGA) and Bashua (Boki LGA) were taught on
the sanctity of their bodies, different family planning methods and advised on how to avoid pregnancies, National Telegraph has been told.

About a total of 3,000 male and female condoms were given to the refugees, a source said, adding that twenty (20) of them had free contraceptives inserted under their right arms.

RRI’s Public Relations and Liaison Officer, Tem Martin brought a message of hope from the President and Founder, Antoinette Sangye. “We love you and praying things will work out for you. You are not alone! We stand with you in your time of need!”, parts of the message read.

After dishing out the message from the President and Founder, the PR/Liason Officer cautioned the unmarried young people not to use the condoms because they have been given free condoms.

He advised them that condoms are given because “the values of our society are broken down that and that God expects them to live a life of chastity but if they can’t resist they should use them to protect themselves from pregnancies and STDs.”

After cautioning the young people, free reusable sanitary pads comprising of two pads, a pad holder and a pant were given to all ladies from 13 to about 50 years. A total of about 260 ladies present at the event were given sanitary pads, confirmed a source.

RRI also carried out outreach programs in Ajassor on Thursday May 16 and Bashua from Friday May 17 to Saturday, May 18 2019 during which foods were given out to the refugee population.

In addition to giving lectures on reproductive health, reusable sanitary pads and food to Ajassor and Bashua, there was another aspect to the Bashua outreach which was a skills acquisition training that ran for two days.

Refugees had the opportunity to learn how to produce hypochlorite (bleach or eau de javel), bar soap, liquid soap, puff puff, buns, fish pie among other things.

RRI coordinated this initiative providing 300 reusable sanitary pads and food for the two locations, logistics and the vision, reports say. In an appreciation statement, RRI said; “We enjoyed partnership from an Apostolic Church in the USA that provided some of the food for the outreach and Ayah Foundation in the training.”

RRI wants to reach other camps in Nigeria with this project, your generous donations will make it possible.We still have so many Communities to reach out to and we trust you will join us, the management solicits.

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