Miss Yua Jemima Dzer is an 18-year-old undergraduate at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State, where she majors in Food Science and Technology. In July 2020, she emerged as Miss July in the Mocha Beauty pageant for that month. As Miss July, Yua Dzer made it her responsibility to donate sanitary pads to women and young children in IDP camps who desperately need them but cannot afford to buy them.
Because of the pandemic and the lockdown, Miss July’s pet project was delayed, but at the beginning of the new year in 2021, she and her team assembled and paid a visit to two IDP camps in Abuja – New Kuchingoro IDP camp and Karo Majiji IDP camp – where they distributed sanitary pads and lectured the IDPs on the proper use of the sanitary pads and their importance to their hygiene.
Miss July and her team also shared snacks to the children, as well as clothes and clinical face masks to as many people as they could in the camps, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“This is a very important project, but one that is often viewed as ‘not so important’,” Yua Dzer, Miss July 2020, noted. “I have decided to dedicate myself to this.”
Miss July has promised the women and young girls of those IDP camps that, even though she is wholly financially dependent on her parents, she will save up what she can so that she can give provide them with sanitary pads every quarter of 2021.
Miss Dzer is from Benue State and lives with her family in FCT Abuja.