JDPC Idah in collaboration with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) with support from the Start Network implemented the cash-based intervention for flood affected communities in selected LGAs in Kogi State, Nigeria.
The aim of the project was to provide emergency support to the affected households in the selected communities so as to sustain them from the devastating effects of the flood. The affected communities are predominantly riverine villages located at the Bank of the river Benue and Niger.
The people in these communities are predominantly peasant farmers and fishermen without access to basic social amenities such as roads, electricity, portable drinking water and education.
The caregivers in all the enrolled households were given cash support to help them procure both food items and non-food items that will support their household during this critical periods.
Years of Intervention/LGAs of Intervention: The years/LGAs of intervention are as follows:
- 2018/Bassa and Omala LGA (23 Communities)
- 2019/Ibaji and Igalamela/Odolu LGA (13 communities )
Community Entry: JDPC Idah Emergency Response Team commenced by visiting the community leaders of all the communities so as to brief them of the project and also to seek their consent and support towards the successful implementation of all the project activities. This was done in all the project communities.
JDPD Idah Team enroute to Flood Affected Communities/ JDPC Idah Emergency Response Team Member addressing Community Leaders at Ala- Obaje Igalamela LGA
NEMA/SEMA Advocacy Visits: JDPC Idah project implementation team paid a courtesy call to the focal persons of NEMA/SEMA in the respective LGAs. The aim of these visits was to brief them of the project and also have a good working relationship with these agencies.
JDPC Idah Emergency Response Team working in Flood affected Communities at Ibaji and Igalamela/Odolu LGAs Respectively
Beneficiaries Identification and enrolment: A total of 765 Beneficiaries were identified and enrolled in 2018 while 2126 beneficiaries were enrolled in 2019. JDPC Idah trained trusted and committed persons nominated from these communities and they served as volunteers who identified and enrolled all the beneficiaries using the beneficiaries’ enrolment registers which contains pertinent information about the households.
WASH Awareness: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene awareness was done in all the communities to educate the people on the importance of maintaining proper hygiene so as to avoid diseases that are associated with poor hygiene such as diarrhea and cholera.
IEC materials containing key WASH messages were produced and disseminated at strategic areas in all the communities in these LGAs
Cash Disbursement: All the enrolled caregivers were given cash support to assist the families. The caregivers all converged at the Bank (United Bank of Africa) which was the designated collection point. Customized beneficiaries Cash collection Card with Barcodes was used as means of verification.
Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM): After the cash collection, JDPC Idah team conducted a post distribution monitoring in all the communities. The PDM tool which contains some set of questions was used to elicit information from the beneficiaries on how the funds they got was utilized.
Impact of the Intervention
The intervention was timely and saved the people from hunger and starvation because prior to this intervention, the people lacked food to eat because their farmlands and harvested crops were destroyed by the flood. The cash support was used to buy food which sustained these households. Through the support received from this intervention, the people were also able to take care of their health needs by getting drugs to treat illnesses such as malaria, typhoid and diarrhea which would have been impossible considering the poor financial status of these households due to the devastating effects of the flood. Some of the beneficiaries also used part of the money from the cash support to buy seeds and agro-chemicals to support the farming activities which is their main source of livelihood. This in turn boosted the economic status of these households.