265,604 Borno Residents To Benefit From Mercy Corps’ $18 million Intervention Project

Mercy Corps has kickstarted a one year program to address challenges faced by IDPs in six selected LGAs of Borno state.

An international Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), Mercy Corps, has rolled out a multi-million dollar humanitarian intervention project to save lives and prevent more suffering among people displaced by the insurgency in Northeast Nigeria

The project, which cuts across seven thematic aspects of human endeavour, is expected to reach an estimated 265,604 persons in one year. 

USAID funds it under Mercy Corps’ Addressing Diverse and Acute Primary Threat  (ADAPT) II to Human Security in Northeast Nigeria II. 

James Akai, Mercy Corps’ Humanitarian and Sustainable Solution Director, said ADAPT II  is a continuation of a first phase that recently wound up. 

According to Akai, ADAPT II has 12-month funding of $18 million to provide intervention for the targeted population across six Borno local government areas, comprising Bama, Damboa, Dikwa, Gwoza, Monguno, and Ngala. 

Under the ADAP II, 265,604 persons would benefit from protection, agriculture, multiple cash assistance, shelter and settlement, food assistance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Nutrition. 

 “The cope of the ADAPT II program aligns with strategic objectives to improve IDPs’ camp conditions and services.”

Also, it aims to alleviate acute food insecurity and related severe vulnerabilities, strengthen self-reliant livelihoods for IDPs, control and prevent infectious disease outbreaks and achieve alternative and durable solutions as opportunities allow, as contained in the 2021  humanitarian response plan.”

Maxwell Samaila, ADAPT’s Programme Director, who spoke at the kick-off meeting, said Mercy Corps would deploy the best mechanism for transparency and accountability in executing the 12-month programme. 

He said 14,400 persons under the protection sector of the programme would be protected. “For agriculture intervention, we intend to reach 13,260 persons; while 13,800 persons would benefit from the MCA.”

Samaila added that 14,244 persons would benefit, while 41,460 would get food assistance under the shelter and settlement. 

“For the WASH programme, we intend to reach 84,000 persons. Therefore, the nutrition aspect would cover as much as 87,440  persons with unconditional food assistance, especially in Bama and Damboa local government areas.”

Tijjani Babakura, Mercy Corps Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer,  said despite the setbacks of insecurity and the COVID19 pandemic, the first phase had recorded over 90 per cent of its projected target. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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