Providing Hope and Community Support to Internally Displaced Children

Insurgent-driven violence in parts of Nigeria has displaced more than 2 million people—including hundreds of thousands of terrified school-aged children. USAID’s Education Crisis Response program is working with communities, officials and families to provide children with access to school, psycho-social support and a sense of stability.


Insurgent violence has wreaked havoc in Nigeria, displacing 2.2 million people, including children. USAID’s Education Crisis Response program gives those children the chance to continue their education through community based non-formal learning centers.

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With 90 percent of Nigeria’s internally displaced living with friends and relatives, communities play a critical role identifying children most in need. USAID’s Education Crisis Response Program relies on local communities to support its education outreach to IDP children.

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Through USAID’s Education Crisis Response program in Nigeria, teachers receive special sensitivity training to meet the needs of traumatized children who have been displaced from their homes by insurgent violence.

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More than 2.2 million Nigerians have been displaced by violent extremists. Unfortunately, the physically disabled–who are already marginalized–are even more vulnerable when terror strikes. The USAID Education Crisis Response program is providing opportunities to school-aged children and youth who have been displaced by the insurgents—and are physically disabled.

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Displaced families living in the city of Gombe are growing essential grains and raising chickens through a pilot program. USAID’s Education Crisis Response project and the U.N. Development Program teamed up to provide more than 350 internally displaced families now living in Gombe with agricultural assistance. From seeds to fertilizer and baby chicks to baby fish, the joint initiative ensures the most vulnerable in these communities can feed their families and move beyond subsistence living.

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