Nigeria

Nigeria

Salesian missionaries have been working in Nigeria since 1982 and are developing new educational programs to meet the increasing demand for services. Poverty remains one of the most critical challenges facing the country and population growth rates have meant a steady growth in the number of people living in conditions of poverty.

About 64 percent of households in Nigeria consider themselves to be poor while 32 percent of households say their economic situation had worsened over a period of one year, according to UNICEF. With an estimated population of 150 million, one in every five Africans is a Nigerian. By U.N. estimates, Nigeria will be one of the countries responsible for most of the world’s total population increase by 2050.

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Build orphanages & shelters for homeless youth

In January 2017, Salesian missionaries launched the Bosco Boys Home in Ibadan. The new Salesian home was developed to address the rising issue of street youth. Young people, some as young as 9 years old, end up living on the streets because of serious social and family problems. On the streets, they are faced with exploitation, delinquency and addiction.

In 2018, the Bosco Boys Home cared for 55 children at the shelter. Children were provided accommodation, nutrition, healthcare, rehabilitation, psycho-social support, and reintegration and education assistance. Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, supported the center with donations including food, household items and medical supplies.

Provide clean, safe water

Funding from Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” has provided the funding for the construction of 10 water boreholes in communities in Nigeria. To date, boreholes have been completed in the towns of Ibadan, Akure, Ondo, Ijebu Ode and Onitsha. In each of these towns, Salesian missionaries operate programs that provide education and help to meet the basic needs of poor youth and their families.

The implementation of the first phase of the clean water initiative started in August 2018 and was completed in February 2019. Local contractors worked under the supervision of Salesian missionaries who ensured the work was done properly and on budget. Drilling and tank installation has been completed at all five locations. As part of the second phase of the project, the construction of boreholes has begun at Salesian centers in the towns of Koko, Abuja and three others in the Benue State.

The new water supply will help ensure that poor youth, their families and Salesian missionaries living and working in the area have access to safe, clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. This project also ensures access to water for Salesian youth centers that are providing services for street children.

Improve health services

Nigeria, the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa, has roughly 3.5 million people infected with HIV, ranking it third among the countries with the highest HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) burden in the world, next only to India and South Africa, according to UNAIDS.

The country has 1.5 million of its residents requiring antiretroviral therapy treatment and more than 200,000 people die each year from HIV/AIDS-related complications. Nigeria also has a staggering 2.1 million AIDS orphans whose parents have succumbed to the disease. Entrenched gender inequalities, chronic and debilitating poverty, and stubborn persistence of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination significantly contribute to the continuing spread of the infection.

In 2009, the Salesian missionaries were awarded a five-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control grant to work to combat the spread of HIV in Nigeria. The program, known as Don Bosco Life Choices, targeted Nigerians between the ages of 15 to 49 years and worked to increase knowledge and decrease the stigma of HIV while increasing the number of people who knew their HIV status. The program also increased access to voluntary counseling and testing and increased the number of people who had access to HIV treatment by offering a referral network to those who tested HIV positive.

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NIGERIA: Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” brings clean water access to 10 communities

Clean water access will help improve the health and hygiene of people in these communities as well as curb the outbreak of disease. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 10, 2019) Ten communities in Nigeria have clean water access thanks to don

WORLD WATER DAY: Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” ensures youth around the globe have access to clean, safe water

Programs in Ghana, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam highlight Salesian initiatives that bring clean water access to schools and communities. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 22, 2019) Salesian Missions joins UN-Water, the organization that coor

NIGERIA: Five Salesian communities have access to clean water thanks to funding from Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”

To date, boreholes have been completed at Salesian programs in the towns of Ibadan, Akure, Ondo, Ijebu Ode and Onitsha. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Feb. 14, 2019) Funding from Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” has provided the

INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs assisting young migrants

Programs in Mexico and in countries in Europe and Africa illustrate the Salesians focus on ensuring young migrants have access to the education and social supports they need. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 18, 2018) Salesian Missions joi

Salesian Missions delivers opportunity to students in Nigeria in the form of a school bus from New Jersey

The bus will provide transportation so that students can take full advantage of opportunities available through Salesian technical institute. NEW ROCHELLE, NY & ONDO NIGERIA (Oct. 19, 2017) John Bosco Institute of Technology i

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