CAFOD has supported programmes in Nigeria since the 1960s. We work closely with local partners to fight inequality, build peace and provide practical help in emergencies.
Why CAFOD works in Nigeria
Despite some parts of society being wealthy, more than 70% of Nigeria’s population lives on less than $1 per day. Disease, malnutrition, and access to water, healthcare and education are still major problems.
Violence and conflict in Nigeria and neighbouring countries also mean that many families are living as refugees in temporary camps.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reports that people who make it out of insurgent-controlled areas are malnourished, and that the insecurity has led to a decline in farming, food production and market trading, leaving households destitute. The UN estimates more than 13 million people live in areas affected by conflict, of which nearly 9 million people need humanitarian aid.
Our work in Nigeria
Your donations are helping us to:
- Provide emergency food to families who rely on a daily wage, or who have been laid off during the coronavirus crisis, and are struggling to survive under lockdown.
- Help communities to plan for disasters and rebuild their lives after an emergency hits.
- Work with faith leaders to spread essential prevention messages through vulnerable communities. We've been working alongside the church for many years to help poor and disadvantaged people to have a voice within government.
- Support women facing violence in the home during lockdown, drawing on our experience in helping women to challenge traditional practices that risk justifying domestic abuse.