Nigeria

Agnes Onydo conducts a home visit with Jayo Benjamin. Since he lost his sight, he needs help around his home and to stick to his HIV drug regimen. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Agnes Onydo conducts a home visit with Jayo Benjamin. Since he lost his sight, he needs help around his home and to stick to his HIV drug regimen. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Nigeria is one of the major oil producing countries in Africa, but confronted with the enormous challenges of overcoming extreme poverty and hunger. More than 70 percent of Nigerians are living below the poverty line. In addition to, and as a result of poverty, Nigeria is also besieged by violent conflicts which have resulted in displacements, loss of lives and property. In the last months of 2012, Nigeria experienced massive flooding in more than 19 of her 36 states. In a country of mostly farmers, the flooding has further increased the suffering of the people as farmlands were completely destroyed.

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Stats

Population:174,507,539 (July 2013 est.)
Size:356,700 sq mi; about the size of California, Nevada, and Arizona
People Served:111,035

History

Catholic Relief Services first experience in Nigeria was in 1967 during the civil war in the area of emergency response. After the war, CRS was asked to leave leave the country by the Nigerian government. Thirty year after, with the return of democracy in Nigeria after years of military rule, CRS returned to Nigeria at the invitation of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). The CBCN hopes that CRS would respond to the increasing HIV and AIDS challenges and cases of conflict, as well as contributing to the growing democracy.

Partners

Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Global Fund

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Health
HIV and AIDS
Microfinance
Peacebuilding
Water and Sanitation


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