Preparation started by 8AM with arrival of volunteers, team members and relief materials which covers; Sanitary pads, toilet soaps, detergents, Biscuits, Cheese balls, clothing and Albendazole to our point of convergence (The Finishing Church).
Relief materials were packaged by the volunteers and team members. Thereafter, a briefing session took place to take volunteers through the health questionnaire which is to be administered to the women at the camp. This session was followed by a prayer session and then team members and volunteers took off to the IDP camp.
The camp which comprises of persons from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state has a total population of 3,015 persons where 215 persons are children from Age 1 to 5 and 200 persons are women from age 15 to 49.
The team members and volunteers were warmly received and welcomed by the Camp chairman; Ibrahim Ahmudu, Camp Secretary; Bala Yusuf, Women Leader and other camp officials. Dr Quala introduced the organisation (FIST) to the camp leaders and enlighten team on the essence of the outreach particularly to the women and children.
The health questionnaire was then administered by the women of the team to the already gathered women who are our target audience. This heart to heart session took about 50 minutes where most women opened up regarding to what they want, their needs, sexual status where questions were asked if they’ve been assaulted sexually before by any means with other health related matters.
The team then reached out to the women, children and some men with the relief materials. This was an exciting moment for them especially for the women who received sanitary pads. Apparently, unavailability of finance to get sanitary pads has led a number of young women to indulge in illicit act with men in other to get money to purchase pads (information from women leader).
In appreciation the reached out women rally round to sing songs of appreciation to the team members and was later capped up by appreciation from the women leader who shared how they appreciate the items especially sanitary pads even more than food.
The day ended with a debriefing and refreshment session where further suggestions and opinions were raised pertaining to future sustainable intervention to the camp.