After successfully training 200 women in financial literacy in the first phase of the AUN-UNHCR Protection Livelihoods Project, AUN has started skills training for an additional 600 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The project will train men and women in various skills, including crocheting with plarn, creating with thread, tailoring, and shoemaking.

At the Women Development Center in Yola, Nigeria on August 22, 2016, AUN President Dr. Margee Ensign officially opened the workshop. “You are part of our community,” said Dr Ensign. “In our eyes you are not displaced, you are part of us and our goal is to make sure we do everything we can to help you find ways to generate income…to make sure your lives continue to improve.” The additional 600 participants are from five local government areas: Yola North, Yola South, Mubi North, Mubi South, and Michika.

Ibrahim Usman, field unit assistant for UNHCR, said AUN received an excellent recommendation from both their Abuja office and from Geneva on the successful implementation of the first phase of this projectwhich prompted the Refugee Agency to continue their sponsorship. Additional funding from ExxonMobile also helped to refurbish the center.

AUN Project Consultant Jennifer Che expressed her gratitude to UNHCR for allowing the university to continue the project and help more vulnerable people in the communities learn new skills and earn an income.

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