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A Full-scale rehabilitation and reintegration with funds from the Nigeria office of UN Women, with support of the Japan Embassy. The project was implemented by the Federal ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women Network Nigeria.
After over two years in captivity, the Federal Government of Nigeria secured the release of (twenty-one) 21 Chibok school girls plus one baby. On arrival, the girls were frail and severely malnourished, and lacked self-confidence. The Federal Government took them into one of its well secured facilities, provided full circle medical care, psychosocial services, appropriate diet, personal care, material support and sponsored the visit of their parents to Abuja to re-unite with the girls after a long period of separation.
The responsibility for the rehabilitation and reintegration process was placed in the hands of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD), for her mission; to “serve as the national vehicle to bring about speedy and healthy development of Nigerian Women, Children, the socially disadvantaged and physically challenged, and the mainstreaming of their rights and privileges in national development processes. However, there was no associated budgetary allocation and as such, there were little or no funds available to meet the dire needs of these persons. In that regard, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development sought the support of the UN Women Country Office in Nigeria who collaborates with IANSA Women Network Nigeria for the project success
Thus, a Nine (9) months structured programme was developed by FMWASD in collaboration with IANSAWNN for full-fledged rehabilitation and reintegration of the released Women/Girls and a baby, with the purpose of fast-tracking the comprehensive recovery of the 23 individuals recently rescued from the hand of insurgents in North East Nigeria. The activities were geared towards assisting the Chibok girls on both Personal, Psycho-Social as well as Economic and Educational well-being, to enhance proper reintegration into their families and the society. Planned activities were carried out successfully with following objectives;
1. To facilitate access of the rescued individuals to psychosocial support services.
2. To improve their capacity for further academic pursuit.
3. To enhance their opportunities for increased income generation and sustainable livelihoods.