In the spirit of the yuletide and service to humanity, the Alpha female Network has reached out to one hundred Internally Displaced Persons with medical supplies, clothes and food items.
Founder of the group, Rita Damian, said the outreach is aimed at touching the lives of the less privileged even as the festive season approaches, especially those that have been displaced from their homes due to insurgency and others.
Speaking at the maiden outreach of the network at the Kaura IDP camp hosting those displaced from Borno and Adamawa states at the weekend in Abuja, Damien said her team will be conducting checks and mental health talks to women on their overall well-being as well as raising more awareness on raising the girl child and protecting her against rape which is prevalent in IDPs camps.
She said “We chose to come and help other people who we know are the less privileged just to show them some love and we came along with food items, drugs, medical check-up kits, clothes and other things.
“We already have visited this camp about twice and we have organized our intervention targeting different groups of women such as the old women, women in business, breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women who will be able to get food, boxes of relief items, medical check-up and free drugs,” she said.
According to Damian, out of the 100 beneficiaries, 70 of them are women because “we believe that women are that pivotal point to the society so if you can actually impact a woman’s life, you can impact on their families so that is the reason why we put together this outreach.”
She explained that the Alpha Female Network is a community of female entrepreneurs and career professionals who come together to build, impact and groom well-rounded women in their areas of endeavours.
One of the beneficiary and women leaders at the camp, Madam Hannatu Katghaya, said that the visit of the team has again raised the hope of displaced the families and individuals in the camp because life has not been easy for the community.
She said that the visit of well-meaning Nigerians to the IDP camp has kept many of them as some of the Non-Governmental Organisations, (NGOs), and other groups often give them more relief items than even the government.
“As we are displaced, people that are coming like this to assist us are more than even the government agencies in our sight because we are really depending on NGOs like this for both our health, our feeding and everything so we really appreciate this organization and the outreach.
“They came to us and followed all the processes in getting to us. They first visited us to know what we need before they finally came back for the outreach,” she said.
She explained that the IDP camp consists mainly of those displaced from Borno and Adamawa states.