August 30th, 2021- BENIN CITY, EDO STATE. Because one of our core values is granting access to women survivors of trafficking, we provide them with opportunities to educate and empower themselves; thus reducing their overall vulnerability to retrafficking. To this end, and with the support of the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, we provided humanitarian support (via a food drive) to 30 beneficiaries under our Pathway to Freedom 3 (PTF3) Project. (In addition to providing humanitarian support, PTF3 also provides economic empowerment (vocational skills training, capital to start-up small businesses and financial literacy training) as well as medical support and counseling services to beneficiaries.)
During the food drive, all 30 beneficiaries received the following: palm and vegetable oils, cooking spices, packets of milk and milo, deodorant, a set of toothbrush/toothpaste, a quarter bag of beans, a quarter bag of rice, a quarter bag of garri, a carton of indomie noodles, detergent, bathing soap, packets of spaghetti and sachets of Gino tomato paste. We anticipate that the supplies will support each beneficiary and her family members for several months.
All project beneficiaries were overwhelmed and expressed genuine joy and gratitude, considering the extent to which the support will go towards alleviating some of their most pressing needs in a post-COVID economy that has been brutal on the inflation rate in Nigeria.
PTF3 is funded by the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to which we are grateful. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of Pathfinders Justice Initiative and do not necessarily reflect those of the OHCHR.