On Saturday the 26th of June 2021, in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Bassa, Plateau State, NTC hosted our first Brush-Up event.
In the IDP camps, people lack access to a lot of the basic hygiene resources that we use every day. At our Brush-Ups, NTC volunteers provide them with the things they need to look smart, be clean, and feel comfortable in their own skin. With the support of our generous donors, we distribute all-important toiletries like sanitary towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as clean new clothes. We also give makeovers and haircuts.
Due to poor weather, Saturday’s Brush-Up mostly happened inside the local ECWA church. Once everybody was seated inside, our volunteers delivered talks on health and hygiene. Among other things, the children were shown how to use their new toothbrushes!
After the talks in the Church, our volunteers gave haircuts, treatments, and hygiene resources to the children outside. Haircuts are very important for keeping clean, as many of the children in the camps suffer from infestations of headlice.
Of the many important things our volunteers gave out on Saturday, one of the most important was sanitary products. A harsh reality young girls face in poverty is having to deal with periods without adequate sanitary protection. For this reason, our Brush-Ups prioritise sanitary product distribution. On Saturday, your donations meant we were able to provide both young girls and their mothers with the supplies they need to keep clean and comfortable.
We are proud of all the team working on the ground in Nigeria. Our next event is already in the works; hopefully, Saturday’s success will make the Brush-Ups a regular and permanent programme of Nurture The Children.
You can donate to help sponsor our next Brush-Up by clicking here.
Written by Elliot Burr and Ysabella Atik