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In the fight against human trafficking, every effort counts towards creating a safer and more just society. In this vein, DEVATOP, with support from Palladium Nigeria, through the Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) Program, funded by USAID, has implemented the TALKAM Against Trafficking in Persons (TATIP) project in Delta, Enugu, and Sokoto States in  Nigeria.

The TALKAM Against Trafficking in Persons (TATIP) project, which is designed to combat trafficking in persons through a groundbreaking initiative combining technology and traditional methods, has recently reached an important milestone with the distribution of start-up kits to 15 survivors of trafficking in persons and vulnerable persons who underwent vocational training under the project.

These start-up kits were distributed on the 7th of March, 2024, at the NAPTIP Zonal Command office in Sokoto State. They aim to equip survivors of trafficking in persons and vulnerable persons with the tools necessary to start their own businesses and lead sustainable lives. The beneficiaries, who completed 4-6 months of training in areas such as Fashion and Designing, Barbing, and Hairdressing, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the support received.

Sarah Abamba, a participant in the Fashion and Designing training category, shared her excitement about the equipment support, stating that it will significantly improve her life and income-generating capabilities. Elizabeth Oganiyi, a recipient of the hairdressing kit, emotionally expressed her gratitude, emphasizing how the support has restored her hope and determination to succeed.

The male recipients were not left out as Umar Ibrahim and Jamilu Zakariyau, who received equipment for barbing, also expressed their commitment to improving their lives and supporting others in their communities through their newfound skills.

Speaking on behalf of DEVATOP, Mr Anthony Uboho, the M&E Officer, congratulated the beneficiaries on completing the various vocational trainings. He appreciated Palladium through DEVATOP for providing the start-up and dignity kits under the TATIP Project. He noted that beneficiaries have been empowered to empower others and should make judicious use of the rare opportunity presented to them through the TATIP Project.

NACTAL state coordinator, represented by the state secretary, Mr. Jerry Ameh, thanked DEVATOP for keeping their promise. He noted that the Talkam Against Trafficking in Persons Project is a success in Sokoto state owing to the level of acceptance by the community during the implementation of activities in the State.