There are 3 million children in need of urgent support and education in North East Nigeria. With your support, Street Child can provide the children hardest hit by the crisis emergency food, support and education.
"This is the largest crisis on the African Continent."Peter Lundberg (Deputy UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator)
Conflict in Nigeria has left millions of children.
1.3 million children have been forced to flee their homes in North East Nigeria. Three million children can't go to school. Hundreds are facing starvation every day. Many are struggling in temporary camps where disease and hunger are rife.
Conflict in North East Nigeria has led to the active targeting of education. Millions of children are now deprived of the chance to go to school. In Borno state, 3 in 5 schools are closed and over 19,000 teachers have been displaced from their classrooms.
Education and emergency support is the key to helping these children to rebuild their lives, and have hope for the future. In early 2017 Street Child launched its first programme in Nigeria aiming to support thousands of conflict-impacted children.
CEO Tom Dannatt said: "with the world’s highest number of out of school children, Nigeria makes sense for Street Child ... We have the capability to give these forgotten children, who have been through hell, hope for their futures - like we did after Ebola and the earthquake. We can help turn their lives around."
what we do
In February, Street Child launched our first ever project in Nigeria, working with 150 children and 30 mothers in the New Kuchingoro IDP camp. We have given children educational materials so they can go to school and have hope for the future. We have also been training mothers in marketable job skills so they can setup sustainable businesses. With the profits from their business, they can afford to feed, clothe and educate their children.
This is just the start of our work in Nigeria and there is so much more to do. In Maiduguri, we want to help the thousands of children who have lost or become separated from their parents due to conflict. We want to provide them with support, and safe and inclusive education spaces.
But we need your help
We need to raise £100,000 to expand our new programme in Nigeria and help thousands of children impacted by the conflict.
- £10 can help a child access safe drinking water at school
- £50 can provide learning materials for 4 refugee children
- £300 can fully equip a temporary classroom
- £500 is enough to provide basic training for volunteer teachers
stories from the field
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 our supporters, we will be working with Elizabeth to help her 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.