Some Civil Societies Organizations within Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, FCT chapter have distributed food items and other personal protective commodities to vulnerable groups and households in the FCT, in a bid to cushion the effect of acute food shortage and poor access to food materials due to reduced income following the COVID-19 lockdown. The aim of the exercise was to increase access to food for vulnerable individuals and households in the territory.
On April 25th 2020, Adonai Health and Development Foundation (AHADEF) in collaboration with Leapheart Foundation implemented the “Feed A Household Initiative” for vulnerable households (comprising of widows, orphans, women and children) within the neighboring community of Keffi, Nasarawa State Nigeria. Food items provided include Rice, Beans, Yams, Garri and Indomie. One Hundred and One (101) Households and Twenty-five Children (25) were served by the program.
Figure 1: A Beneficiary of Feed A House Initiative Program
Figure 2: Food Items for Feed A House Initiative to Vulnerable Households in FCT
In a related development, two orphanages in the FCT and environs received food materials from Greater Life Initiative (GLI) on May 7th and 8th 2o2o. The Orphanages, Osaze We Care Foundation in Apo-Dutse (with 26 children) and FACADO Orphanage Ado (with 30 children) received food items ranging from bags of rice, cartons of spaghetti and indomie, gallons of vegetable oil, cartons of tinned tomatoes, bags of beans, crates of eggs to baskets of onions. Five Identified households who could not be reached with food items by GLI due to movement restriction within the FCT caused by the lockdown order, received cash transfer of 10,000 naira each to provide food for their children
Figure 3: Support to FACADO Orphanage Figure 4:Support to Osaze We Care Foundation
The Paul Mission “Feed a Child Initiative” saw 15 children from poor households in Jikwoyi Area of AMAC receive food items. The initiative was used by the Paul Mission to set the pace while advocating to privileged households to support vulnerable children within their households to feed.
Figure 5: Feed a Child Campaign Poster Figure 6: Some children in Jikwoyi who benefitted
Similarly, Sam Empowerment Foundation (SEF) implemented a Community Relief Initiative in Fulani settlement at Giri, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT to cushion the effect of the COVID 19 pandemic on women and children in the area. Relief materials and personal protective items (Rice, Beans, Millet, Tuwo masara, Guinea corn, Spaghetti, Salt, Maggi, Sugar and Face Masks) were distributed to 200 households.
Figure 7: Cross section of beneficiaries of SAM Community Relief Initiative
A report filed in by the CS-SUNN FCT Chapter Coordinator, Ngozika Ogbonna reiterated the chapter’s commitment to mobilize and provide support for women, children and households that are in dire need of food within the period the COVID 19 challenge would last. The chapter, she said is also poised to advocate for prioritization of households with higher number of malnourished and under 5 children in the distribution of the food items provided by the Federal Government for support to vulnerable households.
According to Ngozika “FCT CS-SUNN is also using all available channels, especially the social media, to advocate for households to utilize the lockdown period for the purpose of household gardening and agriculture in order to improve their access to organic food materials at no cost”.