The IDP Camp Durunmi is one I have always heard about from fellow bloggers, women who seeks to help other women and even in papers. I have never been opportune to visit one before despite all attempts to do so. Hence, when I got contacted by Palazo de Wini Boutique to come with the rest of the team for a day out at the camp, I was thrilled.
Palazo de Wini Boutique is a fashion brand in Abuja that retails affordable and stylish pieces for women of all class, age and sizes. I started patronizing PDW shortly after I moved to Abuja in 2013. At first, I was always shopping from Lagos because I’ve been so used to Lagos shopping. However, I realized the need to sometimes see what I am paying for and the fact that their pieces are quality got me stuck.
Ever since, I have been a loyal customer of the brand. And when the call to go to the IDP Camp, Durunmi availed itself, I jumped on it.
The IDP Camp, Durunmi Abuja
The IDP Camp in Durunmi is one of the 13 Camps in FCT, Abuja. These camps are for women and children who has lost their homes and family due to the insurgence in the North East, Nigeria. It is situated off Area 1, just right after the bridge on a right turn. At first, I was wondering if the location is still in Abuja as it goes off the road and farther down. I truly wonder what the security around there is. We got to the camp around mid day and the joy and excitement on the faces of the kids was so heartwarming. The were amazed as they watched the drone flew up and around them and seek to touch it.
The state of the Camp is quite appalling to say the least and it broke my heart when we got there. The buildings were covered with sack which serves as door and I didn’t notice any form of electricity serving the little community. All I could wonder was how the women and kids will be able to cope and survive with that state of environment.
Activities We Embarked on at The IDP Camp
After the CEO of Palazo de Wini Boutique had a conversation with Mallam Idriss Ibrahim Halilu, the coordinator of the camp, we got to setting up and addressing the women.
One of the team members of PDW, Vivian took the women on Hygiene which includes Eating, Personal and Body Care Hygiene.
Also, they were shown a practical demonstration on how to use a pad, get clean drinking water through the use of a sieve, how to calculate their ovulation period and also general care of their environment.
While this was ongoing, we shared pencils, notebooks and other edible items to the kids. In addition, questions were asked after the class session with the women. And people who participated and answered correctly were giving gift items that can help them start up a business. These gifts include: A cooler with 2 bags of pure water, a set of pots, cooking stove with packs of noodles, and charcoal stove and frying pan. All these will set up 3 women to start a small business within the Camp and get an extra cash for themselves and their kids.
Other Gift Items and Activities
Other items donated to the women include: Bags of rice, carton of noodles, sanitary pads,and detergents. Afterwards, the women started singing a song in Hausa to say ‘Thank you’ and that was the highlight of the day for all of us. It was such a beautiful and heartwarming moments and it felt so good to have genuinely put a smile on their faces.
Have you ever been to any IDP Camp in Nigeria? What are your thoughts about the state of things there and possible improvements?
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