Sesor celebrates women surviving against all odds

Sesor Empowerment Foundation will on Wednesday, October 25 at Freedom Park, Lagos Island celebrate resilient women.

The event with the theme “Sesor Day of the Survivor: Celebrating the Resilient Women” is part of the organisation’s rehabilitation work in economically empowering displaced women currently seeking refuge in Lagos.

Last September, Sesor launched its economic empowerment programme for displaced women, as part of the rehabilitation programme in Lagos (in partnership with Grooming  Centre) and Maiduguri (in partnership with First City Monument Bank) with over 100 women currently enrolled.

Sesor has said that the Wednesday event is coming on the heels of the successful launch of the empowerment programme and to celebrate the success of the women in Lagos.

In a statement signed by Ier Jonathan, the foundation said, “this is our day set aside to celebrate the amazing displaced women we have been economically empowering since last year, through our partnership with our micro finance non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner, Grooming Centre.

“We will be disbursing more funds to more displaced women on that day to support their livelihoods, celebrating the resilient Nigerian spirit and hearing some of the stories of survivors. This event is proudly supported by Grooming People for Better Livelihoods Centre AND Greensprings Schools.”

Registered in 2010, Sesôr works to empower survivors of emergencies for a better life by providing relief materials during emergencies and advocating for survivors of emergencies as well as supporting rehabilitation of survivors and their families.

The foundation’s vision it to empower and equip Nigerians through and for emergencies so they come out stronger and build back better.

It has provided support to over 3,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) since inception through donation of relief materials to survivors of farmer-herder crises who are internally displaced in Benue, Plateau and Taraba states. It has also donated relief materials to survivors of Boko Haram attacks in the FCT, Adamawa, Gombe and Lagos states; provided livelihood support for over 100 women in Lagos and Maiduguri through partnerships with Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre (Lagos), First City Monument Bank (Maiduguri), Rotimi Shonubi Foundation (Maiduguri) and Greensprings School (Lagos), (2016 – 2017).

Sesor has also featured the stories of survivors on various media such as WFm, Inspiration Fm, Metro Fm, Nigerian Info Fm, Radio France, France24, NTA, etc (2015/16); provided educational support for over 30 vulnerable children in Lagos and donated relief items to over 40 families (2015).

Its work has involved advocating for more support for internally displaced persons through its ‘Survivors on the Run’ Report, which featured on in December 2014 under the title ‘Do they know it’s Christmas? Nigeria and her refugees’ and through other media platforms such as Inspiration FM, ThisDay, The Daily Independent etc;

Sesor donated relief materials to flood survivors in Makurdi (2012); provided educational support for 151 pupils in Kwande, Benue State (2011) and provided emergency relief to over 50 families affected by communal conflict in Kwande (2010).