04.09.17 | News, Project of the Month

Work That Bears Fruit

In September, the project of the month comes from Nigeria
Reconstruction in North East Nigeria

The reconstruction of houses is only one part of the action plan of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. (Photo: Mission 21)

Adama Simon has lost her husband because of Boko Haram. Since then, she had to take care of her six small children and the farm all by herself. Not an easy life for a young women, especially not, when there is no money left to pay the desperately needed fertilizer. And without fertilizer, there will be no harvest. But despite her unpromising future Adama Simon can laugh again.

She is one of 110 Nigerian women who have been supported by the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) since the beginning of the project ''Young widows Development Seminar''. In the seminar, the widows learn how to earn a living for themselves and their children and receive financial support as well as training in specific topics such as HIV and child protection. The seminar is only one of various measurements of the Action Plan for Nigeria which is desperately needed.

Since 2011, northeast Nigeria and the surrounding areas have been afflicted by the attacks of the terror organisation Boko Haram. Especially the EYN has been hit hard. Many church members have died because of Boko Haram and thousands had to flee. These terrible events have been highly traumatizing to the surviving dependants. Trauma-Healing workshops, initiated by the EYN, ought to help them to process what they have been through. At the same time the church rebuilds and repairs houses and churches which have been destroyed by Boko Haram.

Additionally to the fight against the terrorist organisation, a disastrous drought has occurred in the past few months. As a consequence the water and food supply was short all over Nigeria and many people are starving. EYN fights off starvation with the distribution of food. Each packet of food consists of 50 kg rice, a liter cooking oil, two packets of salt and a packet of maggi-cubes. A single packet of food can feed a family of six. Solely in August EYN distributed food packets to 125 people. Furthermore, the team of EYN planted fruit-bearing trees so that someday the people will be able to harvest mangoes, lemons, guavas and many more. The work of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria truly bears fruits.

Sofia Gutekunst

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