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Bruder Hilfe donates to crippled Borno IDPs       

 By Abdullahi Isah, Maiduguri
 In its efforts to put a smile of the faces of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, a German based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Bruderhilfe (brotherly help) Social Development Initiative Foundation has donated 100 modernized Utility tricycles to 100 crippled IDPs in the state. 

The NGO, in collaboration  with the Nigerian Embassy in Germany, Centre for Poverty Reduction  and the Borno state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) made the donations of the 100  utility tricycles to the physically challenged IDPs and also gave them some start-up stipends to start up their businesses.

While presenting the tricycles to the physically challenged persons at the SEMA Office, Maiduguri last Saturday, the President, Bruderhilfe Social Development Initiative Foundation, Mrs. Mary Brufer Bamigbe said “first of all, I must sincerely salute your courage and resoluteness in the face of the Boko Haram crisis, knowing the fact that the physically challenged persons were the most hit by the insurgency. We decided to assist with 100  mobility carts to not only ease their movement but to also enable them carry out some petty trading for them to be economically independent.”
While appreciating  the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany Alhaji Maitama Tugar, Mrs Bamigbe said “in a bid to reduce poverty among women folks  and the less privileged in the society, the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany in collaboration with Bruderhilfe Social Development Initiatives decided to bring succor to the suffering of physically challenged people in Borno state, more especially the IDPs.”
She said what you are witnessing today was  the first phase of our intervention, a total of 100 physically challenged persons, IDPs, will get modern utility cart tricycles each and some little money to start up their businesses, while our subsequent interventions will focus on health and education. 
“All the beneficiaries are victims of Boko Haram insurgency. They have suffered a lot in this crisis. I pleaded with the SEMA Chairperson to include women, mothers, children and men so that we reach out to everyone. We intend to do more to put  smiles on the faces of these our brothers and sisters,” Mrs Mary added.
She called on individuals, organisations and well to do members of the society to also assist the IDPs, more especially physically challenged IDPs, as catering for the needs and welfare of the vulnerable is a collective responsibility, as enjoined by both the Christian and Moslem religions, that everyone is expected to support and take care of the needy in the society.
Mrs Mary further said ” Bruderhilfe is highly indebted to His Excellency Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Germany for his enviable role in ensuring that the project becomes a resounding success. We at Bruderhilfe will continue to count on his leadership and exemplary role in supporting Nigerians in the Diaspora to succeed in their endeavours and in promoting cooperation among the private sector players of both Nigeria and Germany and our partner Centre for Poverty Reduction Germany.”
Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairperson of the Borno state Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo thanked the Bruderhilfe Foundation for providing the modern wheel chairs to the people living with disability among the IDPs. 
Hajiya Kolo said that the beneficiaries were carefully selected by  the Association of People Living with disabilities in order to ensure equity and justice in arriving at the beneficiaries.and commended the Foundation for the gesture. 
She said “I, on.behalf of Borno state government and the beneficiaries, want to thank Bruderhelfe for this immense support. It is not easy to leave your comfort zone to visit a state often described by international community as war zone and donate to the plight of the physically challenged IDPs. In spite of the uncertainties, you chose to come to the field and implement your mandate.”
Also speaking, the United Nations System, represented by the UNHCR head, Maiduguri office, Mr Alexandra Bishara  thanked the Bruder Hilfe for coming to fill in the gap in the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast as government and the International agencies cannot do it alone.
Also in her message, the Borno state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Fslta Babashehu represented by her Permanent Secretary, Haji Hsuw Msimusa said “we thank your foundation for the gesture but like Oliver Twist we look forward to more in the near future as the state has many physically challenged persons. We need your assistance in the area of support for the blind and people living with leprosy,” she said.
Speaking on behalf if the beneficiaries, the Chairman, Joint Association of People Living with with Disability in Borno, Ahmed Usman thanked the Bruder hilfe for the gesture and for remembering them in Borno from far away Germany and prayed that God should reward them abundantly

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