COOPI intervenes in contexts of emergency, reconstruction and development in order to facilitate a better equilibrium between developed and developing areas of the world.
For years, the burst of terror provoked by Boko Haram has forced people in North-Eastern Nigeria to seek shelter in refugee camps and host communities. Since early 2015, a further escalation in violent attacks has terrorised above all Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, creating a humanitarian crisis of a mammoth scale.
Humanitarian aid workers have identified around 5.6 million people caught up in the conflict who are living in conditions of food insecurity, who are exposed to the risk of epidemics and who are in desperate need of protection.
Since July 2014 COOPI has been responding to this emergency with interventions first in Bauchi state and then in Yobe, where we have distributed non-food items, food, seeds and agricultural equipment. In addition, we have organised activities to facilitate access to drinking water and improve hygiene conditions.
Despite our efforts, the situation remains extremely precarious: this is why we want to continue providing support and protection to the most vulnerable groups in Nigeria.
COOPI is the only Italian NGO present in this region.
They are colorful and spacious, similar to those we use for shopping. In their inside we can find clothes, shoes and slippers, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, mosquito nets and bed sheets. These are the items that make up the “children kit”: it’s a kit with basic necessities that we have distributed to displaced children based in the districts of Potiskum, Damaturu, and Fika, in the state of Yobe, in the North East of Nigeria.
COOPI and its programs
We intervene in contexts of extreme poverty and vulnerability.
Our intention is to see that any decisions that are made prior to projects
being implemented are increasingly based on real problems communicated
to us by the beneficiaries of our interventions, beneficiaries who also come to
play a key role in the initial planning stages.
Our programs are designed around the following key aspects:
The centrality of the individual, with the aim of ensuring the protection of
Analysis of the capabilities and vulnerabilities of the communities with
which we cooperate;
Sustainability of interventions aby promoting the development of local capabilities and better maintenance and management of existing environmental resources;
Participation of all interested groups and the involvement of the most vulnerable groups (children, adolescents, women, the elderly, indigenous populations, people with disabilities, AIDS sufferers, refugees and displaced people);
Strengthening of capabilities and transfer of know-how know how through the involvement and active mobilization of the communities, institutions and key players present in the areas of intervention;
Protection from violence of any kind and from security threats;
Promotion of gender equality understood as the possibility for men and women to exercise and enjoy equal rights and opportunities, in terms of accessing and controlling resources and taking part in decision-making processes;
Promotion of disaster risk reduction (DRR) in all of the organization’s activities.
Seven Steps to Saving Lives and Assisting People in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin
On the 23rd and 24th of February 2017 the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. As concerned non-governmental organisation COOPI highly welcome this initiative
COOPI, in response to the humanitarian crisis that troubles the north-eastern part of Nigeria, intervenes with a project for children protection in Yobe State, by the side of the zone that until 2015 was been occupied militarily by Boko Haram, and a project of humanitarian assistance and support to the IDPs in three districts of Yobe State – Potiskum, Damaturu and Fikain.