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About the Internally Displaced Persons

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about the Internally Displaced Persons.

According to “United Nations Human Rights OHCHR”, Internally Displaced Persons (also known as the IDPs) are persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or leave their homes or places of their habitual residence, to avoid the effects of armed conflicts, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights, natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized border, Internally Displaced Persons are persons who remain within their country while fleeing the aforementioned. Nigeria has the third-highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa. Nigeria is said to have over two million IDPs and the numbers are still growing due to conflict between Non-State Armed Groups (NSAG) and the Nigerian military operatives, other violent conflicts with ethnic, religious and political undertones as well as natural disasters. This situation is further worsened by extreme poverty, lack of equal access to socio-economic resources and balanced development, and also high unemployment rates among able-bodied and frustrated youths. The BAY states (Borno, Adamawa and Yola) are the worst-hit with indigenes migrating to surrounding states and as far south as Abuja and beyond.

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What challenges do IDPs face?

Among several challenges faced by the Internally Displaced Persons such as high risk of physical attack, sexual assault and abduction, the following physical needs are also critical to their survival;
1. Food deprivation
2. Inadequate housing structures for shelter, schooling and other purposes.
3. Lack of basic living items such as clothing, health and hygiene products.
4. Very limited access to essential services such as medical services, educational services
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI) and The National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) are Nigerian government agencies charged with the responsibility for the IDPs and they are involved in several intervention projects to provide food, aid and relief to the IDPs.

Despite the government efforts, the available resources still remain grossly insufficient and very far from meeting their needs due to the high population of IDPs in the camps. The situation still remains critical. Some of the effects of food deprivation include hunger and starvation. Women, children, and even men and families experience hunger over a long period of time and this leads to weakness, fatigue, malnutrition, stunted growth, babies born prematurely, low birth weights, stomach pain, headaches, reduced immunity and predisposition to several diseases.Many are living in makeshift shelters that do not protect them from harsh weather conditions and have fallen sick or even lost their lives as a result. The inadequate supply of living items and essential services have also adversely affected the quality of their lives and survival chances.

Unfortunately, most of the IDPs are limited in capacity to cater for themselves. While some are fortunate to engage in farming and petty trading in the camps, the problem of insecurity has resulted in restricted movement and lack of access to arable land for most of them. This has adversely affected food security and limited possible economic activities.
The purchasing power of earners is grossly limited and further diminished by the unprecedented inflation of prices of commodities in Nigeria. This further aggravates an already bad situation. Moreover, many of them are sick, too hungry and lack energy due to severe malnutrition to contribute meaningfully to economic activities. Therefore they need the intervention of well-meaning individuals and organisations to gain access to their livelihood needs.

How you can help

You can support the IDPs by participating in private or general outreaches coordinated on foodvend.ng. We provide an internet-based platform that allows members of the public, corporate organisations, Nigerians in diaspora, international bodies, various institutions stakeholders and anyone to purchase relief items and food items/groceries for the IDPs and we deliver these  items directly to the IDP camps in and outside Abuja at no extra cost to you. You also have the opportunity to provide housing structures for accommodation, schools and other purposes; furniture, health and hygiene products to the beneficiaries.

We are open to collaborations and partnerships towards this end and foodvend.ng continues to maintain its position as an independent private entity, holding ourselves accountable to the public, and specifically our donors.

Who can participate

Anyone and everyone is invited to be a beacon of hope in Nigeria through our food outreaches whether general or private. The list below shows some categories of people who can participate but there is no restriction as everyone can be a part of this.

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Private Outreach

You can participate in the private outreach at any time of the year convenient for you. This option is suitable for corporate organizations, private individuals, groups and families, organizations who wish to act responsibly and give back to society. You need to meet a minimum contribution amount to be able to host a private outreach.

For the private outreach, foodvend.ng acts as your corporate social responsibility partner. We organize the following;

Optional

General Outreach

The general outreach is an avenue for everyone to be a part of providing to the needy children and families at the IDP camps. There is no minimum amount of food which you must purchase to be involved in this outreach. You can purchase as little as just one item or as much as you can. Members of the public purchase relief items for the internally displaced persons on idp.foodvend.ng at any convenient time of the month within the budget they have set aside for this purpose. We collate the purchases from all benefactors, and we deliver directly to the IDP camp usually once a month via a systematic approach marked with transparency, accountability and probity as detailed in the next section.

All you need to do is be present at your outreach event on the agreed day and time. Get to meet & interact with the people whose lives you are impacting. We acknowledge that due to covid-19 and other reasons, some benefactors may prefer to hold a private outreach in absentia. In this case, we will deliver your purchased items or food bundles to the IDP camp and be present on your behalf to witness the actual distribution of these items to the IDPs. You may also opt for any of the optional services we offer for the private outreach and this will be fulfilled on your behalf.
To acknowledge receipt, IDP camp leadership will sign or thumbprint an acknowledgement detailing items they have received.We can scan and email this acknowledgement alongside media coverage which you have paid for, back to you.

Foodvend Guarantee to you

Our goal is to provide support where ever we can and this is a promise to the individuals we help & the supporters that help us reach this goal.

We have put the following steps in place to ensure that our processes are open and transparent and that we are accountable to our donors. We continue to review our processes to ensure that transparency and accountability is not
compromised in any way.

  • Acknowledgement from the IDP camp leadership on the list of items received from the outreach which should match list of items purchased for the outreach
  • We invite some interested and available benefactors to witness and be a part of the delivery and distribution of the food items they have purchased
    for the internally displaced persons and families.
  • Media coverage of each general outreach will be showcased on our facebook
    page so that our donors can appreciate the impact of their gifts and see the smiles they have put on the faces of the children and families.

Before the launch of foodvend.ng, many people across the globe who wished to intervene or help these vulnerable ones found it difficult to reach them due to various barriers, physical or otherwise. But now, via foodvend.ng, they can support the needy from the comfort of their homes or offices, and from anywhere around the world. All they need to do is create a daily, weekly or monthly budget to provide for the IDPs. At the comfort of their homes using their laptops or their phones they can purchase relief items and nutritious food items for the internally displaced persons and be assured their contribution will get to the intended recipients. From anywhere in the globe, they will experience the joy and satisfaction of being a beacon of hope in Nigeria.

Foodvend.ng not only offers a platform for the public to offer aid and assistance but also, we maintain close contact with the Leadership structure of the adopted IDP camps and have a feedback mechanism in place to keep us continually updated on the relief items and  food items that are more urgently required per time. We provide this feedback to the public through our website and adverts, and help to influence and guide the purchases towards the actual requirements of the IDPs.

In addition to food, other basic and essential  living items can be purchased on our website. You may also choose to provide housing units, clothing items and other relief items needed for survival of the IDPs .

At idp.foodvend.ng, we also make available varieties of food items for purchase with the aim of providing all classes of nutrients and a balanced and proper nutrition to the displaced persons. Our products include protein-rich foods such as beans, full cream milk, soybeans; fatty foods such as oils; vegetables and fruit products which are available in bulk/bundles to provide essential vitamins and minerals. We do not limit the food items to carbohydrates which tends to be the main contribution of donors.

At foodvend.ng, we will continue to run campaigns, reaching out to people to create an awareness of the plight of vulnerable people in our society and offer solutions on how they can intervene in a simple, yet very effective and impactful manner.
Finally, we encourage you to bring hope where hopelessness seems to be ravaging the nation because of insecurity, conflict, hardship, poverty and lack. Encourage someone else to join forces with you
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