The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that in 2022 severe floods impacted more than 4.4 million people in Nigeria. Over 2.4 million people have been evacuated due to the floods. There have been more than 660 fatalities. The devastating floods have rendered 174,000 homes uninhabitable as well. The floods may increase the nation’s already dismal levels of hunger and malnutrition because they have ruined more than 676,000 hectares of crops during the harvest season. Bayelsa State is one of the badly hit states in Nigeria, so as an organization, we decided to make life possible for about 500 families.
Last year’s Christmas holiday season was a time for giving and spreading joy, and we used the opportunity to do just that for flood victims in Bayelsa State. The floods that have ravaged the state in recent months have caused immense hardship for thousands of families, with many losing their homes, livelihoods, and even loved ones.
We believe in the power of community and coming together to make a difference which is why we partnered with Hilarity Grace Foundation, a Bayelsa based Nonprofit to carryout a CSR project to provide assistance to about 500 families in Edepie and Igbogene communities in Bayelsa.
We distributed essential items such as food, and household goods to these families, to help them get back on their feet. Even though it was heart-wrenching to see the devastation that the floods had caused, it was also incredibly rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of these families, no matter how little our help was.
At Paga, we are committed to making life possible for those in need and we will continue to support and empower communities affected by natural disasters, hunger and poverty.