02 Jan Foundation Rehabilitates Victims Of Insurgency In North East
No fewer than 34 girls residing in Gulak and Michika local government in Adamawa State and Karshi area of the FCT have been rehabilitated as well as given scholarship to complete their secondary education.
The beneficiaries, are displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in their hometown of Adamawa State, got the opportunity to complete their education by the Mariam Ladi Yunus Foundation.
The Programme Director of the foundation, Asmau Durnin, said it places emphasis on empowerment programmes in safeguarding girls that have gone through displacement in the North East and for them to have a thorough understanding of their basic human rights.
“We want them to have the rights to safety, access to services, a quality education, freedom of speech and the right to choose their path in life. They can only actualise these rights through empowerment programmes which embody a wholistic approach to restoration.
“In this regard, the foundation takes a 4-step approach to rehabilitation in the way of trauma counselling, mentorship, welfare and capacity building.”
Asmau Durnin revealed that beneficiaries would not only be supported with relief materials to keep them in school but also help them undergo; post- trauma counselling, mentorship, business skills acquisition life coaching and also capacity building in leadership towards community activism.
She added that its vision is to birth a pyramid approach to create ambassadors for the foundation who will empower a handful of selected girls in key communities who will in-turn empower other girls within and beyond these communities so that we have a spiraling effect of the spirit of MLY across the land.
“In the future we envision a 2.0 stage of supporting the young women with further education and business set ups through our sister programme which is the polished arrows development initiative- an empowerment programme which was initiated by the late MLY.”
The occasion was also held in celebration of the launch of “On the Window Sill” an autobiography of late Mariam Ladi Yunusa herself.
The 116-page book, captures the matriarch’s outstanding life with details of her rise from early years in the hills of Michika local government to retirement as a Director in the United Nations and how she was able to rise through the ranks and break the glass ceiling set for female’s in the north eastern society at the time.
On the Window Sill is a must read for any man, woman, boy or girl who aspires to dream and make it a reality.