people of Garram District and its environs are mostly poor subsistence
peasant farmers with little or no government assistance. Though,
the community is made up of different religions, mostly Christians
of different church denominations, the people are cooperative
and live peacefully with one another. They are loyal to constituted
authorities: religious or political. Less than 20%of the children
in the village attend school and the adult literacy rate is
less than 20%. The standard of primary health care has improved
due the services of the School’s clinic, for example most
mothers are aware of the need for vaccination of their children.
However the economic conditions of the people is not encouraging,
for only few of them have food security, there are no savings
/loan groups, and very few families have any income generating
source. The sanitary condition of the people is very poor, as
few have latrines and there are no public utilities.
The majority of the households in the community take their water
from the three rivers which run through the district, resulting
in unsanitary conditions. The most common and deadly diseases
in Garram are diarrhea, typhoid, eye infection, skin and/scalp
Infection, schistosomiasis and malaria.
The village has a well-developed local leadership. There are
youth groups, which form strong football teams /clubs. Most
families participate in community activities. Although it is
hard for them to contribute financially to a project, they are
willing to offer both moral and labor support to projects.
Garram lies 28 km off the federal highways of Jos – Pankshin
- Shendam ,and Jos – Panyam-Shendam Roads.
The roads are rough requiring high body built vehicles, preferably
four-wheel drive vehicles. However, a trip to.
Garram in the dry season (December to July through Jos –
Panyam-Shendam - Chip road), does not require the use of any
Garram is located in a geographically disadvantaged area. The
location of Garram Community has made it almost impossible for
the people to get good educational facilities and immediate
assistance from other health centers. It is always very difficult
to find help to attend to medical cases, and the people are
often left with three very difficult options:
1. To carry their sick on a stretcher on foot through a distance
of over 28Km either ways to Pankshin or Shendam Local Government
Headquarters for further medical assistance;
2. Patiently and prayerfully wait on the mercy of the Almighty
GOD for some miraculous cures;
To seek the services of traditional unskilled persons.