1.3 million children have been forced to flee their homes from conflict 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 our first program in Nigeria, aiming to support thousands of conflict-impacted children.
Street Child founder 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 in West Africa and the Nepal earthquake. We can help turn their lives around."
What We Do
After fleeing the conflict, thousands of families have lost their businesses and children are out of school. Street Child is working hard to support mothers to set up businesses so they can afford to feed, clothe, and educate their children, and to setup temporary learning centers to give more children the chance to get an education and have hope for the future.
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 so they can have brighter futures.
In partnership with the Nigerian NGO Intercommunity Development Social Organization (IDS) we are supporting children of the New Kuchingoro IDP camp in Abuja and providing vulnerable mothers with vocational skills training - including baking and soap-making - and business grants so they can setup sustainable businesses. As part of the program, their children also receive school materials such as bags, text books, pencils and pens, and shoes so they can return to school and have hope for the future.
EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES
In partnership with the Nigerian Gender, Equality, Peace and Development Centre, Street Child is establishing a temporary learning center in Maiduguri to give children the chance to go to school. Currently, ten teachers are being trained in education in emergencies to provide basic education and psycho-social support.
Stories From Our Work
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 Maiduguri, 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.
News On The Boko Haram Crisis
CNN reports on how families are struggling in the areas worst affected by the conflict
BBC explains how University of Maiduguri is building a trench to avoid attacks and protect the right to education