Nigeria has achieved high economic growth rates in the last 5-10 years (6.5 per cent annually), but there is high inequality in this growth. As data from World Bank estimate that 54% of the population who lives below poverty line, 64% and 33% are located in the rural and urban areas respectively. But of today the insecurity challenges across the country and economic loss have further diverted the priority of Government from developmental projects to crisis management which makes attaining the SDGs difficult due to resource constraint and insecurity. The increasing absences of this basic social welfare amenities among many Nigerians across communities have resulted to increase in high rate of poverty, malnutrition, poor hygiene, water and sanitization, disease outbreak, overcrowding, lack of access to basic services such education, electricity, healthcare to mention a few.
Now it is also estimated that more than half of Nigerians (54.4% or 96 million) live in poverty with 70.8% of this living below the poverty line of less than $1.90 per day (World Bank 2019). Poverty is found to be predominant in the rural areas than urban areas and deepens from the southern to the northern part of the country (United Nations Development Program [UNDP], 2007). This makes it difficult for rural dwellers to afford basic needs of life.
As of today Nigeria has the world’s second highest number of deaths in children under five, losing around 2,700 every day from a ratio of 120 per 1,000 in 2016, although it has declined since 2003 down from more than 200 per 1,000. Only one out of three babies is delivered in a health facility. Over the last decades (UNDP 2018) report shows that there is an increased rape case, broken marriages/separation of families and widows by more than 25.5%.
Currently data from the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics suggest that the dual COVID-19 and oil price crisis alone could push around 10 million additional Nigerians into poverty by 2022 implying that over 27,000 Nigerians are sliding into abject poverty on a daily basis, with the rising insecurity, corruption, poor governance, rapid population growth and economic decline, more Nigerians about 70% of the country’s population will be living below the international poverty line of $1.90 per person per day (2011 PPP) by the end of 2030 if nothing is done urgently and intentionally.
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) defines a vulnerable child as one who is living in circumstances with high risks and whose prospects for continued growth and development are seriously impaired. According to PEPFAR, a child is more vulnerable due to one or all of HIV positive, lives without adequate adult support, lives outside of family care, and/or is marginalized, stigmatized, or discriminated against (The President’s Coordinator 2006). By this definition over 70% of Nigerians children today are vulnerable.
Care for social welfare international is a non-profit, private and community driven initiative committed in eliminating inequality in social welfare amenities provision and poverty reduction through our targeted thematic programs that seeks to directly empower vulnerable persons and household with the knowledge, skills and operational structure to move out of extreme poverty, become resilience, productivity, self-sufficient and independent over a period of time.
Our program provides nutritional support to Mothers and child (including street children), health intervention in hepatitis, Maternal and child healthcare, educational project for children, teenagers and youth, vocational skills and empowerment support to women, youths as these are most affected in our society today, disaster reliefs to refugees, destitute and internally displaced persons. Our project also provide financial literacy and savings cooperatives to help exit beneficiaries out of poverty, social and economic marginalization and other forms gender violence in the community. Our program provides short and long term needs of vulnerable persons and communities.
Since March 2019 we impacted more than 14,200 live across 14 communities in 5 states in Nigeria with 8 active programs running annually. We currently have over 185 registered volunteers in our database helping us in our works across different communities.
We ensure self sufficiency, poverty reduction and humanity devlopment through the following ways
- Advocacy and Awareness creation.
- Maternal and Infant care.
- Mental health.
- Support for victims of GBV and other domestic and human trafficking.
- Teenagers & Youth Education (mentorship and career guide).
- Teenagers & Youth Empowerment.
- Vocation & life skill acquisition training.
- Emergency Relief and Resilience building.
- Supply chain.
- To promote a new world generation free of HIV/AIDs and provide care HIV Treatment Services (HTS) to affected persons.
- To advocate and support in the fight against the elimination of Hepatitis B and C in the Country.
- To address the problem of malnutrition in over vulnerable children under 5 years and to improve the nutrition intake of pregnant women and lactating mothers affected by HIV/AIDs, social and economic crises.
- To provide skill and empowerment assistance to young girls and women (mostly single mothers, widows and sex workers) to become financial independent.
- To provide quality education with empowerment for teenagers and youth in Public schools and those out of schools to help reduce modern day human trafficking.
- To reduce the socio-economic effect of mental ill health among youths on drug abuse.
- To promote and advocate for the course of gender equality and elimination of all form of gender based violence against women and girls child.
- To improve food security at the household and aggregate levels to guarantee that families have access to safe foods that is adequate (both in quantity and quality) to meet the nutritional requirement for a healthy and active
- To provide emergency food and services to people in financial and natural
Organization development principles:
As an organization, committed to growth, excellence and professionalism. Care for Social Welfare International (CASWI) recognizes at senior levels the need to ensure that its business operates smoothly and without interruption for the benefit of its beneficiaries, donors and community stakeholders.
To provide such a level of continuous operation, Care for Social Welfare International (CASWI) has documented and implemented sets of polices that help guide her day to day operations and standard of operations.