Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality.
From April 2012, Christian Aid's work will be focused around the goals and objectives identified in our corporate strategy, 'Partnership for change – the power to end poverty' .
Our essential purpose
to expose the scandal of poverty
to help in practical ways to root it out from the world
to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication. Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a practical love and care for our neighbours
PA R T N E R S H I P FOR CHANGE: CHRISTIAN AID NIGERIA
Christian Aid has been working in Nigeria since 2003 and has a reputation as an organisation that respects its local partners, delivers quality and cost-effective programmes, and is willing to learn from, and share its learning with, others.
Our vision is for a just, equitable and peaceful Nigerian society, where poverty has been eradicated and every person is empowered to live life in all its fullness.
In recent years, we have adopted a structural approach, incorporating gender, governance and advocacy into all of our work, and seeking to integrate our programmatic areas.
Areas of expertise
Community health and HIV
We improve the health of poor and marginalised people, particularly women, children and people with compromised immunity through our integrated community-based health promotion and health governance. We help to strengthen systems in response to community health issues in Nigeria including HIV and malaria, empowering people to take responsibility for their own health.
We are helping communities to raise their voices to demand accountability, through advocacy, promoting engagement between people and government and strengthening community structures. Through this, we improve government accountability and responsiveness to the needs of poor and marginalised people.
Through gender inclusive programming, we work to improve gender equity and the participation of women and girls in development activities. We challenge social and cultural norms which ensure women and girls in Nigeria suffer systematic disadvantage.
Increasing insecurity and violence, mostly in the northern part of the country, has brought a surge in humanitarian situations in the country. We respond when and where we can, based on the availability of funding. We also build the capacity of local partners to respond to humanitarian needs as they arrive.
Empower poor and marginalised people to make informed decisions about their lives and engage meaningfully in their own development.
Improve health for poor and marginalised civilians, particularly women, children and vulnerable people.
Increase government accountability and responsiveness.
Encourage inclusion of women and marginalised groups, in decision-making processes.
Improve gender equity and human rights.
Ensure fairer distribution of wealth to close the gap between rich and poor.
Greater equity and respect for human rights.
We work in areas where the need is greatest and we have strong existing partnerships. Currently, we operate in eight states – Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Edo, Gombe, Kaduna and Plateau – and the Federal Capital Territory. We operate out of our country office in Abuja and we have three field offices in Anambra, Benue and Edo.
Community health and HIV: The Strengthening Community Health and HIV Response project, funded by UK aid, used an integrated approach to deliver community health and HIV responses through trained community-based agents. Since 2010, more than 1.6 million people in rural communities have been supported to take up health services and adopt preventive health practices.
Our partner, the Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN), has contributed to the successful campaign for legislation to prohibit discrimination and provide legal protection for the 3.4 million Nigerians living with HIV.
Good governance:Voice to the People (V2P) has supported communities in Anambra state to hold governments and their leaders to account, take part in decision-making and demand rights and services. The UK aid-funded project has reached 2.4 million people and supported 60,000 citizens to effectively hold duty bearers to account.
Malaria nets:Malaria affects 35 million Nigerians and results in 300,000 childhood deaths each year. Our partners have distributed more than 930,000 mosquito nets, reaching almost 2 million people, and provided follow-up education. There has been a significant drop in malaria in target communities.
Tax justice:We are a founding member of the Tax Justice and Governance Platform, which launched in 2012. It calls for an effective, fair and progressive tax system and for government revenues to be spent on improving essential services
Through our humanitarian interventions in north-east Nigeria, we have improved the food security and livelihoods of 27,532 internally displaced persons in Adamawa, Borno and Gombe States Nigeria. We also constructed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and conducted WASH sensitisation in communities in Adamawa, Borno and Benue States.