Mon Club International distributes vital supplies and school kits to over 10,000
IDPs in Kukawa and Monguno communities in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.
More than 12,000 people, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) recently relocated to Baga Town, and
school-age children across schools in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) are receiving vital supplies under
Mon Club International (MCI) emergency interventions for hard-to-reach and conflict-affected areas in Borno
State, north-east Nigeria.
More than 1,000 IDP children, drawn from primary and secondary schools in Monguno LGA including Government Girls secondary School (GGSS), Kuya, Charamari and Central primary school have received school kits including sandals and writing materials as part of ongoing school enrolment drive.
Some 4.3 million children across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states were directly affected by school
closures in 2020 as part of emergency measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the re-opening of schools in October, Mon Club International and other humanitarian partners and stakeholders have been intensifying efforts to ensure that IDP children, who are worst affected, are able to return to classrooms across camps and host communities in the BAY states.
“I cannot express my feelings of gratitude seeing my children happy and excited to return to school in their new
shoes and writing materials after several months of roaming about barefooted” said Sadiyu Kori, a mother of three whose two girls were among beneficiaries of the distribution.
A similar distribution of warm clothing and blankets to some 8,000 IDP returnees in Baga Town, Kukawa LGA was launched by Mon Club International on Wednesday 24 February 2021.
Baga town, on the shores of the Lake
Chad, is among the worst affected by harsh and extreme weather conditions as the harmattan season enters its
Although Baga is still inaccessible to most international aid agencies due to unresolved security concerns,
the urgency of needs, especially for women and children who make up over 70 percent of the population, propelled the intervention.
“This intervention is particularly significant especially because the security situation in Kukawa and Baga towns is volatile and unpredictable, making the areas inaccessible for most aid agencies; but we recognize that life-saving response to vulnerable populations must continue,” said Mr.
Segun Aremu, Emergency Response
Coordinator for Mon Club International. “In the coming months, we are determined to scale up further assistance especially in the areas of nutrition and education prioritizing women and children, to complement efforts of the Borno State Government,” added Mr. Aremu.
Over 11 years of conflict, further aggravated by the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, have worsened vulnerabilities in north-east Nigeria with a record 10.6 million people in need of assistance as of 2020.
Mon Club International, with operational presence in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and specific focus on hard-to-reach and underserved communities, is one of several NGOs working with federal and state authorities to ensure lifesaving support to populations and communities affected by the crisis.