Our work in Nigeria
In the north-east of Nigeria, 1.3 million children have fled the conflict with Boko Haram and 3 million children cannot go to school. Boko Haram, which can be translated into 'Western education is forbidden', is an extremist group that fights with great violence for a caliphate. Since 2011, no less than 2.7 million people have fled the Borno state, 3 in 5 schools are closed, over 19,000 teachers have been prevented from teaching and 600 teachers have been killed. The UN asked Street Child to help them manage this humanitarian crisis and at the end of 2016, we started carrying out research there. This marked the foundation of Street Child Nigeria.
In February 2017, Street Child officially launched its first project in Nigeria. We started with a group of 150 children and 30 mothers in the New Kunchingoro refugee camp in Abuja. The mothers are trained to set up and run a small business. while children receive school materials. This is only the beginning of our work in Nigeria.
Together with our partner The Nigerian NGO Intercommunity Development Social Organization (IDS) we support children in the New Kuchingoro IDP camp in Abuja. We also give underprivileged mothers skill training, such as baking and soap making, and then a small allowance to set up a sustainable family business. As part of this project, their children also receive school materials such as a bag, notebooks, pens and shoes so that they can go back to school.
EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY SITuations
Together with our partner The Nigerian Gender, Equality, Peace and Development Center, Street Child has set up temporary learning centers in Maiduguri, so that children have the opportunity to go to school. Ten teachers have also been trained for special emergency education, so that they can provide both education and psychosocial support.
A better future
Education and emergency aid are the key for a brighter future. We intend to expand our work in northern Nigeria so that we can help many more families and children. Together with local partners we do everything we can to protect these people, but this is not possible without your help - support us so that we can continue to give this emergency aid!
ELIZABETH, THE MOTHER WHO IS REBUILDING HER LIFE SO HER CHILDREN CAN GO TO SCHOOL
Elizabeth grew up in Goza, Borno State, and lived there with her husband and six children. In Goza, Elizabeth's family were safe and happy. Her husband worked as a farmer on a small plot of land, whilst Elizabeth ran a petty trading business. All her children were able to go to school.
In 2014 everything changed. Due to conflict, Elizabeth was forced to flee her village with her family. After two months of travelling, they arrived in Abuja, and were settled in the Kuchingoro Displaced Persons' Camp. Unable to continue her business due to high costs, Elizabeth and her family were completely dependent on external support.
Thanks to our supporters, we have helped Elizabeth to start a sustainable business - and now all of her children are back in school too.
ABU, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS FAMILY AND HAS NO-ONE TO HELP HIM
Abu was born in Gamboru, Borno State. He lost both his parents to conflict in the region. Fleeing his home, he eventually arrived in Maidaguri, the state capital. Abdul was alone, knew no one, and had no where to go for food, shelter or school.
Today, Abu lives with 20 other children in a displaced persons camp in the city, with little external support. When asked about his chances for the future, he says "there is no food, no shelter, come rain come shine we will always be here under this tree."
Over 20,000 children like Abu are unaccompanied after being orphaned or separated from their parents and are fighting to survive. We are desperate to connect them with families, protect them from danger and help them go to school.
12 € gives a child safe drinking water at school
60 € provides 4 refugee children with learning materials
350 € can fully furnish a temporary classroom
600 € is enough to provide voluntary teachers with basic training