To reduce the circle of poverty by reaching out to poor children in the rural and remote parts of Nigeria. We help build schools, educate young people, provide clean water and sustain hope for a better tomorrow.
We seek to tell the story of these children, gain support for the cause and create connections in a disconnected world through the bond of charity and solidarity with our brothers and sisters.
Our focus is working within the Catholic Diocese of Minna in north central Nigeria, starting in the communities of Garam and Erena.
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Who we help...
We are working to build an infrastructure so that the children in rural and remote areas of Nigeria may learn. Nigeria is a poor country, with 70% of the people living on less than $1.25 (U.S. currency equivalent) per day. Poverty is especially severe in rural areas, where up to 80% of the population lives below the poverty line and social services infrastructure is limited.
The poorest groups eke out a subsistence living, but often go short of food, particularly during the pre-harvest period. When we visited, they showed us a plant that grew wild there. It was what provided food for hungry children during that time of the year. Mothers dig up the roots and feed them to their children. It fills their hungry bellies, but provides little nutrition.
Nigeria provides free, government-supported education, but attendance is not required. According to UNICEF, forty percent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend school, with the Northern region recording the lowest attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. It’s estimated that 4.7 million children of primary school age are not in school.
When they do go to school, learning is stretched. It’s not rare to see one teacher working with 100 kids, or students going to school under a tree because of the lack of classrooms.
Our initiatives focus on these children.
Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria, Inc. 501(c)(3) Organization PO Box 6126 Omaha, Nebraska 68106