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Caregivers of Vulnerable Children Receive Support for Farming Project

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Parents and guardians of children affected by or infected with HIV in Zirin Gaza and Daki-Biyu Communities in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have received farming implements and fertilizers for a farming project to grow food for themselves and to sell for income.

The caregivers, 25 each from both communities, are to jointly grow okra, maize, garden egg, green vegetables amongst other crops with support from Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) through Yes-to-Life Community Based Organization.

At a ceremony to hand over the implements and seedlings to the caregivers, IHVN Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Lead, Mrs. Jummai Musa, said that the project is to enhance the capacity of households with vulnerable children to be self-reliant.

“It is our desire that households have sustainable income to meet the basic needs of vulnerable children. We are excited that value is added to communities and it is visible. We do not know who among these children would be the next president,” Mrs. Musa said. She expressed optimism in the profitability of the project in providing nutritional support and income for the caregivers.

imagesAlso at the ceremony, the Chiefs of both communities expressed gratitude for the donations to make the project a success. Chief Nuhu Lawal of Zirin Gaza Community, who gave an address at the event, said that “It is better to show someone the way to get money than giving him the money and that is what they have done today and we are happy about that.” The Chairman Hausa community, Utako village, Alhaji Faruk Dantsama added that, ‘even in their graves we will never forget them because of the support they have given.’

Community members contributed to the project by giving farmlands at little or no cost. The government also participated in the project as Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Director of Agriculture, Dr. Rueben Ishaya, promised to assist the farmers with preservatives for their farm produce. “Empowerment, education and security are very important and when these are put in place things begin to move well, I am touched by what they have done for this community,” he said.

While expressing appreciation for the donations received, one of the beneficiaries, said that the project will give them money to support their husbands and also pay for their children’s education.

The AMAC Head of Department Education, Mrs. Tukura Dinatu and Executive Director, Yes-to-Life, Mr. Moses Kpamor were also in attendance.

The IHVN Household Economic Strengthening project is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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