Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Benue conflict: NGOs move to empower children, raise money for victims

By News Express on 17/05/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 423

•IDP camp in Benue
•IDP camp in Benue

 

Following the incessant attacks of rural villages by unidentified cattle herdsmen, leading to hundreds of deaths in local communities and the destruction of farmland and other properties, SI4DEV Partners in Makurdi location, supported by the Spring Development Initiative joined forces with Students Rebuild, Seattle USA, and Children Worldwide to participate in the ‘Facing Difference Challenge’ to advocate for peace in the area and provide tools for local students to work through their trauma in a healthy way.

‘The Facing Difference Challenge’ is an opportunity for young people to be empowered with knowledge that will help them advocate for peace even with people different from them. They also get to express their creativity and talent through an art project that involves drawing a portrait of their own face.

‘The Facing Difference’ activity took place on 3rd May 2018 and was coordinated by SI4DEV Partners who engaged students from Trinity Model Academy in Makurdi, Benue State. Through the ‘Facing Difference Challenge’, SI4DEV provided a platform and a time for the children who participated to reflect and understand the concepts of empathy, forgiveness and peace.

Emmanuella Ikomon, lead partner in Makurdi, and Coordinator of the challenge revealed that the students also learned about identity and about global peers who were taking part in the challenge. At the end of the project, a total of 26 meaningful self-portraits were produced that reflect the artist’s sense of who they are as peace advocates. These portraits were submitted to Students Rebuild and have contributed the sum of $78 (each multiplied by $3) to help support peacebuilding programmes all over the world.

‘The Facing Difference Challenge’ is aimed at engaging young people for peace while raising money for NGOs working in areas that have conflict, Nigeria included. The funding for the portraits submitted from around the world comes from the Bezos Foundation—up to $600,000. Selected portraits will also be exhibited in museums and several high-profile locations around the world.

One week before the end of the challenge, Students Rebuild announced that more than 780 teams in 34 countries had registered to participate and over 120,000 portraits had been submitted thereby generating at least $360,000.

It is noteworthy that some of the funds raised will go to Search for Common Ground, which is working in Nigeria to bring together boys and girls from different faiths to train them in leadership, diversity and conflict resolution

Benue State has in recent months been the locus of attacks and many men, women and children have been forced away from their homes and have had to settle in ill-equipped Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps, suffering loss and grief and probably nursing distrust, hate and revenge against their perceived enemies.

 

 

Source News Express

Posted 17/05/2018 7:11:30 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Dasuki: ‘I am ready for trial to clear...

6 Boko Haram insurgents surrender in Borno

Lalong constitutes committee to disburse FG's N5.37bn bailout...

Kingsley Moghalu emerges YPP presidential candidate

Acting Pope unveiled (Plus photo)

Policeman shoots colleague dead in Bayelsa

Dickson bags Vanguard Governor of the Year Award...

Bombshell: Billionaire kidnapper Evans names 5 soldiers as...

Plots to disrupt 2019 elections uncovered — Security...

Irate tycoon gives FG ultimatum, threatens to relocate...

Ezenwa Anumnu elected NBA Abuja Chairman

Nigeria stands to lose 11% GDP to climate...

 

Latest News BREAKING NEWS: 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna community 2019: Yoruba youths set agenda for Atiku Tiv group files N550bn suit against Buhari, Miyetti Allah, others Obasanjo/Atiku: Catholic Secretariat clears Fr. Kukah •Accuses Buhari Media Organisation of mischief Obi dismisses allegation of ethnic bias in Onitsha Bridge Head clean-up •Denies comments on first class travel, foreign medical trips Okowa calls for abolition of death penalty, advocates prison reforms 2 die as political thugs clash in Lagos No plot to assassinate Fayose in custody — EFCC NHIS Executive Secretary bags indefinite suspension Atiku, Obasanjo and the road ahead Atiku denies owning online grant scheme Imo APC guber primary: Appeal panel upholds Nwosu’s election

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (407,360 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (382,729 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,076 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (257,526 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,680 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,495 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,266 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,744 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,400 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (165,998 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,637 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,410 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (67) Business & Economy (3,687) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (948) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (559) Features (659) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,541) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,717) Opinion (1,124) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,282) Religion (881) Sports (1,733) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement