HOPE RESTORED: Foundation Empowers survivors of human trafficking

41 survivors of human trafficking have been empowered with start up equipments, courtesy Emmanuel World Children Foundation, in partnership with Free the Slaves, an international organization.

The equipments running into millions of naira, included complete set of hair dressing tools, generating sets, gas cylinders, solar panels, sewing machines, baking oven and flour mixer, were presented to those who acquired skills in various categories such as hair dressing, fashion and design, catering, POS, Terminal and footwear sales, for effective reintegration back to society.

The survivors all female Senegal returnees, have earlier been provided with psychosocial support and counselling services and taught vocational skills by the Foundation.

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Speaking with journalists, the Executive Director Emmanuel World Children Foundation, Mr. Emmanuel Adaramola said the foundation with its head office at Ondo state has been in existence for 27 years, and has been functioning in the field of human trafficking since 2006, where it worked with several returnees, migrants and victims of human trafficking from Libya, Ghana, Cote D’ivoire, and other African countries, noting that in the last 2 years, 200 girls below and above, have been safely returned to Nigeria.

Mr. Adaramola said Free the Slave, rescues the Nigerian girls from Senegal while the Emmanuel World Children Foundation, receives them from the airport, work with them until they are stabilized and reintegrated back to society.

The Executive Director observed that fear of oath already sworn to, remained a challenge in rescuing victims of human trafficking, saying that it is tasking to earn their trust, and get them to open up.

While stating the insufficient resources to cater for the teeming population of returnees and survivals across the country, he said the foundation was empowering the Senegal returnees in batches as over 40 survivors who completed their skills training had been empowered in Edo State last week, with another batch set to be empowered in the coming week.

Mr. Adaramola noted that beneficiaries of their programs are mentored and closely monitored for progress as they had also received training that covered financial management, marketing.

The Benin Zonal Commander, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP, Nduka Nwanwenne, represented by Mr. Stephen Selowo, and a representative of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labor NACTAL, Princess Eseoghene Ebinum, commended the Foundation for its consistency and urged survivors to make good use of the start up equipment.

The event featured a Support Network meeting, a periodic family meeting of sort for returnees drawn from the various zones in the country, where they share ideas and support each other.

NIM

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