Urgent Nigeria Appeal
Conflict in Nigeria has left millions of children in crisis
"This is the largest crisis on the African Continent."Peter Lundberg (Deputy UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator)
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.
Education and emergency support is the key to helping these children to rebuild their lives, and have hope for the future. Our urgent appeal for Nigeria will help us to build schools, train teachers and give emergency support to at risk children. It will also allow us to provide vocational training and business support to families. But we need your help.
Millions of people are displaced
4.6 million people are in need of humanitarian support. Around 2.7 million have been displaced. Many are struggling in temporary camps where disease and hunger are rife. According to Save the Children, 200 children are at risk of starvation every day. MSF say that in some areas of Borno state malnutrition is so bad that almost all children under 5 appear to have died.
A lost generation
Conflict in North East Nigeria has lead 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, whilst 1 in 5 have been destroyed altogether. 19,000 teachers have been displaced from their classrooms. 652 have been killed.
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."
DISPLACED AND VULNERABLE
Elizabeth lost everything in conflict
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.
Abdul has no food or shelter
Abdul (name changed) 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, Abdul 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 Abdul are unaccompanied after being orphaned or separated from their parents and are fighting to survive. Many have seen things that no child should. We are desperate to connect them with families, protect them from danger and help them go to school.
MILLIONS OF PARENTS LIKE ELIZABETH and children like ABDUL NEED HELP. GIVE THEM HOPE
we can make a difference
Classrooms are deserted: Let's Reopen Them
In February, Street Child launched their first ever project in Nigeria, working with 150 children and 30 mothers in the New Kuchingoro camp. One of those mothers is Elizabeth. Three of Elizabeth's children who attend the camp's school will be provided with materials to stay in education. Elizabeth will be trained in marketable job skills so that she can go back into business.
This is just the start of our work in Nigeria and there is so much more to do. In Maidaguri, we aim to focus on street children like Abdul. 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