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It is the last week of our #giveitup4IDPs challenge, it has been wonderful to see donations coming in from all over the world to support Sesor in its efforts to create educational programs that will help Internally Displaced People go back to school, as well as a pilot a trauma counseling program that will help IDPs heal the unseen scars of conflict.

We are not quite there yet! So in order to get the word out there we will be giving away an exclusive audio track by Nigerian musician, JAYA. The track contains lead vocals laid down by one of our own Sesor staff. All you have to do is click the above button and tweet the campaign. It’s the final push and every little counts.

PRESS RELEASE: Grooming Centre Partners with Sesor on Safe Day Spaces for IDP Women and Children, Supports with N10m

Lagos, 10th August 2018 –Two safe day spaces are being planned for internally displaced women and children (IDPs) in Lagos and Benue States.

The safe day spaces, an initiative of Sesor Empowerment Foundation (Sesor), are among the deliverables of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the foundation and Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre (Grooming Centre), a non-governmental organization.

The MOU between the two NGOs was signed on Friday, 10th August 2018 by the CEO, Grooming Centre, Dr. Godwin Nwabunka and the CEO, Sesor, Ms. Ier Jonathan-Ichaver.

Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver and Grooming Centre’s CEO, Dr Nwagbuka, after signing the MOU

As part of the MOU signing ceremony which took place at the offices of Grooming Centre, Ejigbo, a cheque donation of N10,291,500 was handed over to Sesor by Grooming Centre to support the foundation in its work with IDPs.

Other components of the MOU include the provision of soft loans for women for them to engage in business ventures and thus, gain independence, and supporting the housing needs of these women by funding their relocation from slums to safer housing.

The safe day spaces will serve as centres for psycho-social support services for the women and children. They will also serve as skills acquisition centres for the women as well as educational centres for children.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, CEO, Grooming Centre, Dr. Godwin Nwabunka said that Grooming Centre was supporting Sesor because they both had the shared goal of helping people who had been displaced.

He added that there was need to constantly evaluate the intervention efforts covered by the collaboration between the two NGOs to be able to take the most appropriate actions towards meeting sustainable livelihood goals.

In her response, CEO, Sesor, Ms. Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, traced the relationship of the two NGOs to 2014 when the first collaboration was initialled.

She said Grooming Centre was the first sponsor of Sesor’s efforts in the north-east of the country which began with the assessment of the enormity of the displacement needs in the region.

Ms. Jonathan-Ichaver said that because of the collaboration with Grooming Centre, they were able to provide relief and empower women through the provision of soft loans for micro business.

Women, in addition to the need for constant nutritional and psychosocial support, also faced challenges with sending their children to school, she stated.

The Sesor CEO disclosed that the collaboration with Grooming Centre would see the relocation of displaced women and children from slums to safe housing. She revealed that these slums were not safe, and these women constantly lived in a state of fear with their children.

She added that the collaboration would see the establishment of safe day spaces where women can access trauma counselling as well as other psychosocial services.

There would also be the provision of educational support services which would include adult education and skills acquisition for the women, and library and recreational facilities for the children.

L-R: Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver; Chairman, Grooming Centre, Dr. Godwin Nwagbuka, Director of Programmes, Mr Alex Enyinnah & Head of Training, Research & Documentation, Mr Anthony Nwosu
Sesor & Grooming Centre Representatives

In June 2016, Grooming Centre donated N2,777,500 to Sesor to pilot a 6-month project to rehabilitate and empower 50 internally displaced women in Lagos State through the provision of skills acquisition and business training for women who are yet to start a business; provision of business skills enhancement training for those already engaged in micro business; and the provision small loans to help the women start or enhance their business.

As a result, 60 women were trained and 21 of them qualified for micro loans of N20,000 each, which they used for their businesses, with 15 of them fully repaying their loans. Four of the 21 women were able to register at least one child each in school.

Grooming Centre also donated N6,675,000 in May 2017, for the provision of micro loans to 51 IDPs, nine of which were from the previous year’s exercise. 31 of them have fully repaid their loans while three of them now have businesses worth over N100,000 each.

INTRODUCING: SESOR SURVIVOR SERIES

We are pleased to introduce a series called Sesor Survivor Series and we will be doing special features on some of the resilient women we work with.
This is following our recently concluded 2nd economic empowerment programme cycle for 51 women in Lagos, in partnership with Grooming Centre, and the result is quite encouraging.
The empowerment programme, which was launched in 2016, has been more than productive as we have recorded outstanding success rates from 131 beneficiaries in Lagos and Maiduguri.

Having survived through the horrific terrorist attacks and communal clashes in the Northeast to seeking refuge in a host community in Lagos, their unwavering resilience has encouraged us to help them survive & thrive, and help them become more self-dependent through our empowerment programme.
Thanks to our partners, Grooming Centre and First City Monument Bank (FCMB) for enabling this.

We will be running the survivor series from mid August, and we will be sharing all the amazing success stories in details.

Speaking of partners, HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to our partner and supporter-in-chief, Grooming (People for Better Livelihood) Centre, on the grand opening of their micro finance bank last week. We were on hand to witness this historic moment for the Grooming family.

The bank, Grooming Micro Finance Bank Limited, will be starting its operations from Ibadan. We look forward to seeing it grow in leaps and bounds as it provides financial services to women at the grassroots.

Three hearty cheers to the Bank!!!

To support our work with the women and their families, kindly make donations into our STANBICIBTC acct – 0002888203 or GTB acct – 0170089727

Sesor’s Day at The Lagos International Jazz Festival

On Monday the 30th of April 2018, Sesor partnered with Inspiro productions (owners of the Lagos International Jazz Festival) to celebrate its 10th anniversary at this year’s UNESCO International Jazz Day at Freedom Park in Lagos.

This year’s event paid tribute to the late South African jazz legend, Hugh Masakela. In his honour, there were performances by highly acclaimed Nigerian Jazz artists such as Dede Mabiaku, Bright Gain, Gloria Ibru, Sharp Band, Jesutomi, Orliam and many others.

In attendance were Mr Darkey, South African Consul General in Nigeria and Mr Steve Ayorinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, amongst other distinguished guests. In his address, the Consul General, stated ”that music should be used as a tool to fight injustice and enhance peaceful co-existence”. Amen to that!

Grace Ioryue, Sesor’s Senior Program’s Officer after the event, said: “Thanks to all our supporters who donated through this collaboration. In two days, we have raised NGN43,700 for Benue survivors. The funds will go towards improving the living conditions of people who have been displaced by the attacks and we look forward to more support so we can help even more people”.

The event was captured beautifully below:

The sesor team
Bright Gain performing his band

The crowd enjoying the show
Mr Darkey, the South African Counsel General addressing the crowd.

 

 

Sage Foundation Supports Sesor Partner, Arrows of God Orphanage

On Friday, the 6th of April 2018, Sage Foundation in partnership with Sesor Empowerment Foundation donated a range of appliances to The Arrows of God Orphanage located at Ajah, Lagos state.

Sage and Sesors partnership and work with Arrows of God orphanage dates back to 21st of December 2016, where they threw a fun-filled christmas party for the children.

This time, Ms Dume Achuka, the Sage office manager handed over; a 6.5kva diesel generator, 12 wall fans, 2 DVD players, 6 ceiling fans and a 43” LG TV to Mr David Ogo the director of the Orphanage.

Mr David Ogo, was very grateful and thanked the Sage Foundation
representatives for their generous donation. He stated that ”the items
will go a long way in alleviating some of the discomforts at the
orphanage”. He also thanked Sesor for facilitating the donation and for
ensuring the items were delivered safely to the orphanage.

Sesor appreciates Sage Nigeria and Sage Foundation for their continued
support to help disadvantaged children. We captured the day and some of
the children’s excitement in our photo shoot below:

Sage and Sesor representatives with the Director of Arrows of God Orphanage Mr David Ogo
Sesors program officer, with Arrows of God administrative team and the happy children.
The children appreciating the gift items

 

To support our work, kindly donate to our Sesor Empowerment Foundation GTB Account 0170089727 or our StanbicIBTC Account 0002888203 or click the button below to donate via our website.

 

 

 

 

Nike Art Gallery Partners with Sesor to Celebrate International Womens Day.

In honour of International Women’s Day, which was marked on March 8, Nike Art Gallery Founder, Chief Mrs Nike Davies-Okundaye, invited 30 of the displaced women we work with and trained them in tie-dye making on March 12th at the Lekki gallery.

While addressing the women, Mama Nike, as she is fondly called, stated that in line with the International Women’s Day theme, PRESS FOR PROGRESS, it is important to understand that steadfastness and hard work are the key principles in fulfilling a woman’s purpose on earth. She urged the women to apply these principles and press for progress, regardless of their backgrounds or societal class.

At the end of the training, she gave each of the women tie-dye materials to further their interest in the craft as well as some food items and cash.

Hajia Karo modelling her beautiful work
Madam Veronica proudly displaying her finished work.
Sesor programmes officers and the very happy women at Nike Art Gallery.
Mama Nike teaching the women how tie and dye.

 

In appreciation, Sesor’s Programmes officer, Nancy Ogwah thanked Mama Nike, on behalf of Sesor, for her generosity saying, “Sesor is pleased with this partnership and hopes for more empowerment opportunities in the future for other resilient women. Many thanks to Nike Art Gallery for this wonderful opportunity.”

To support our work, kindly donate to our Sesor Empowerment Foundation GTB Account 0170089727 or our StanbicIBTC Account 0002888203 or click the button below to donate via our website.

 

 

 

NTEL NIGERIA STAFF & PARTNERS DONATE TO SUPPORT THE DISPLACED

Representatives of NTEL Nigeria were at our office on February 27 to make the donation worth N602,411 (six hundred and two thousand four hundred and eleven naira), on behalf of their colleagues.

Speaking at the presentation of the cheque, Jenika Mukoro, General Manager of the Brand Management, said the staff decided to make the donation to support our work with the displaced.

Sesor’s Communications Officer, Jasmine Asekome, thanked the NTEL team for their donation, stating that the funds will be used to support victims of the militant herdsmen attack in Benue.

 

L-R: NTEL’s General Manager for Brand Management, Jenika Mukoro, Sesor’s representatives, Habiba Bakare & Jasmine Asekome, and Damian Udeh, NTEL’s Head of Government Affairs

Many communities in 6 local governments were attacked by militant herdsmen on January 2, leaving 73 men, women and children dead with over 80,000 displaced.

Relief materials are yet to reach some of the victims taking refuge in a few of the camps as well as host communities.

Sesor and its partners will continue to visit affected communities with relief materials and begin to assess medium to long term support for the displaced.

To support, kindly donate to our Sesor Empowerment Foundation GTB Account 0170089727 or our StanbicIBTC Account 0002888203

THANK YOU!

PRESS RELEASE: Sesor Empowerment Foundation Launches 2018 Relief Outreaches to Communities Affected by Herdsmen Attacks in Benue

Makurdi, 03 March 2018: Sesor Empowerment Foundation, an emergency relief organization, launched its 2018 relief outreach programme this week with relief visits to two communities affected by herdsmen attacks in Benue.

Sesor donated relief materials such as rice and other staples, buckets, slippers and jerry cans to the displaced at Tse-ginde camp and at Aila in Agatu local government area.

 

The Sesor Team sorting relief items to be procured to Tse-Ginde in Guma and Aila in Agatu
Loading the van with relief items to be taken to the camp
Sesor’s Programme Assistant (Lagos), Hon Aondoahemen, preparing to board one of the ferries to Tse-Ginde camp in Guma LGA

 

Sesor team and JPDC representatives, aboard the other ferry heading to Tse-Ginde camp in Guma LGA

 

 

 

Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver with the camp officials upon arrival

 

Offloading relief items from the van to be handed over to the camp

 

Officially handing over relief materials to the camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loading the other relief items ahead for visit to Aila community
Arriving Aila community in Agatu

 

Offloading the items

 

The Sesor team with some of the victims and representatives of the St Bridget Catholic church, Aila
Sesor’s Executive Director handing over the iems to the Committee of St Bridget Catholic church, Aila parish

 

 

 

Speaking in Makurdi after the outreaches to these two communities, Sesor‟s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver said,

“There have been over 60 attacks on different communities in Benue since April 2013. Over 28 communities in 14 local government areas have been affected with about 100,000 displaced and over 1,400 people killed. We provided relief materials and sought to encourage those affected in various camps in Makurdi in 2014 and to communities in Buruku and Tarka in 2016.

We and our partners now want to reach other affected communities to encourage them with relief materials and messages of hope from people across the world – these two communities are the first of many we plan to visit through 2018. Our work is funded by voluntary donations from individuals and companies from all around Nigeria and the world. We have spoken with those affected in these communities and all they ask for is for peace so they can go back home.

Our message to all affected by this crisis is that though we bring a little to support them through this difficult time, we bring a more important message from all our donors around the world to say that the world sees their struggles and has not forgotten them. We call on the Nigerian government and the international community to put an end to these unacceptable killings and to bring the killers and their sponsors to justice.

We thank our supporters and our partners here in Benue, Community Links Health Initiative and the Justice, Development & Peace Commission Oturkpo for making these outreaches possible and will be back to do more.”

Headquartered in Lagos, „Sesor‟, which means „we will repair‟ in Tiv language, has worked with displaced survivors of conflict and other emergencies in 8 states in Nigeria and has been supporting victims of conflict and floods in Benue since 2010.

To support Sesor’s Benue outreaches, kindly make donations to our StanbicIBTC bank account – 0002888203 or our GTB account -0170089727

Thank you for all your support.

Media Contact: 
Jasmine Asekome
Communications Officer
0705 800 3071
jasekome@sesorafrica.org

OUR LATEST GOOD NEWS: SESOR’S YOUNGEST SUPPORTER DONATES HALF A MILLION TO SUPPORT THE DISPLACED

 

 

The New Year may have began sadly for us at Sesor with news of the 02 January Benue attacks but it certainly ended on a happy and hopeful note! Read on for our third piece of GREATLY INSPIRING NEWS…

On Friday January 5, 15-year old Taslim Salaudeen,  donated N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) to support internally displaced persons! YES! You read it right!! N500K – funds he raised himself from friends and family!! To hear more about what got him to do this, see the video above.

Taslim says he was inspired to take action after he felt that the government should do more to provide for the displaced.  Speaking to Sesor’s intern, Olamide Osunsina (who also happens to be an alumna of Taslim’s school), Taslim explained that he was doing some research on displaced persons in the country when his father suggested that he donate to them.  He then went on to fund raise for the displaced in order to meet their needs, stating that “it will be of great benefit to the nation”. INDEED!

Accepting the donation on behalf of Sesor, Ms Osunsina thanked Taslim for his inspiring gift. She said, “This will definitely be impactful and will go a long way. Thank you very much!

Sesor’s Intern, Olamide Osunsina receiving the donation from Taslim Salaudeen, on behalf of Sesor

We are inspired by Taslim’s amazing example and even more determined to continue to support internally displaced persons.

Not sure how you can help? Or overwhelmed by the over 1.7 million displaced in Nigeria? We can all draw inspiration from Taslim and do our bit!

Contact us at info@sesorafrica.org if you would like some ideas AND remember that TOGETHER WE WILL REPAIR!

 

NEXT STOP? BENUE!

To support the over 80,000 currently displaced in Benue please, donate to STANBICIBTC ACCT – 0002888203 or GTB ACCT – 0170089727 (if you have a Naira account) or click on http://www.sesorafrica.org/i-would-like-to-donate/ if you are outside Nigeria.

THANK YOU!!!

 

 

MORE GOOD NEWS: COCA-COLA NIGERIA PARTNERS WITH SESOR TO EMPOWER 51 DISPLACED WOMEN IN LEKKI

Two days before we closed out for the year 2017, Coca-Cola Nigeria partnered with Sesor to provide 51 micro business kits worth N3,000,000 (three million naira) to enhance the livelihood of 51 women, as part of their 5by20 initiative – the company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020.

The micro-business kits (each kit consisting of a cooler, a cooler carrier, a parasol and 5 crates of soft drinks) were distributed to the women at our office, on Tuesday 19 December, after a 1-day business management training session organized by Coca-Cola for them on Monday 18 December. The soft drinks were delivered to the women on Wednesday December 20.

Speaking on behalf of Coca-Cola at the event, Emeka Mba, the Community Affairs Manager, congratulated the women saying, “Women are blessed with the gift to multitask when it comes to trading and that’s why we have decided to provide you these products to sell in addition to your other businesses. Well done.”

In appreciation, Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, said, “We are very excited about this partnership as it has created an opportunity for the women to grow and become more self-dependent.”

A spokesperson for the women, Madam Veronica, thanked Coca-Cola on behalf of the women saying, “Thank you very much. God bless you for what you have done for us. We are also very grateful to Sesor for always bringing people like you to help us all the time. Thank you all very much.”

 

Coca-Cola Sales Trainer, Steve Alawode, leading the management training while Madam Veronica interprets in Hausa
L-R: Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Coca-Cola’s Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Amaka Onyemelukwe and the Community Affairs Manager, Emeka Mba as he addresses the women
Sesor team and the Coca-Cola team with the very happy women
The women during the training

 

More good news to come..