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.

The World Poverty Clock shows Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world. India has a population seven times larger than Nigeria’s. The 86.9 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty represent nearly 50 percent of its estimated 180 million population. As Nigeria faces a major population boom—it will become the world’s third largest country by 2050—it’s a problem that will likely worsen.

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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

Ten communities in Nigeria have clean water access thanks to donor funding through Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The borehole projects have been completed in Ibadan, Akure, Ijebu Ode, Ondo, Onitsha, Abuja, Koko and three poor communities in the state of Benue. All of the communities are home to Salesian programs that provide education and help to meet the basic needs of poor youth and their families.

The project has consisted of a survey within each community, drilling of borewells and construction of areas for water tanks. A finished well in each community consists of water tanks, plumbing and electrical work.

The new water supply is ensuring 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.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

John Bosco Institute of Technology in Ondo has a new school bus thanks to a donation from Stocker Bus Co. in Newton, N.J. Salesian Missions secured the donation and shipped it to the Salesian school. The bus will be used for transport for student activities and sports competitions. The staff and students at the school are very grateful for the new transportation.

John Bosco Institute of Technology was established in 1987 and graduated more than 2,000 students. Today, 400 students are taking courses in mechanical engineering, wood and aluminum technology, automotive engineering, electrical installation, business administration, computer science and technology, and event management and decoration. Youth at John Bosco Institute of Technology are learning important skills and trades in order to be prepared for the workforce.

Donations like the bus help ensure that youth are able to take full advantage of everything offered at the school including academic competitions at other schools, peer to peer activities and sporting events. These help students to have a well-rounded school experience while learning important life skills.

Improve infrastructure

Salesian missionaries in Onitsha are establishing the Don Bosco Solar Energy Training Center thanks to donors from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Donors have provided the funding for the materials, labor and staff for the new center.

The launch of this new Solar Energy Training Center is the first of a four-step process to develop a reliable and renewable energy plan in the region. The center will teach local youth the skills required to install and maintain solar energy systems and will also create job opportunities for the local community.

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NIGERIA: Salesian Missions donors provide funding for the establishment of Don Bosco Solar Energy Training Center

The Don Bosco Solar Energy Training Center will provide increased access to quality technical training on renewable energy in Nigeria.   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (October 30, 2019) Salesian missionaries in Onitsha, Nigeria, are establish

“Thank you for the clean water!”

Picture this: a steady stream of women, laboriously approaching a foul-smelling pool of water, each carrying an empty 20-liter bucket on her head. Taking turns, they plunge their containers into the mire—filling them to capacity

GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY: Salesian Missions highlights the importance of clean water access for good health in Salesian programs

Clean water projects in Nigeria and India highlight the work of Salesians around the globe in support of this year’s theme “Clean Hands for All.”   NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 15, 2019) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development ar

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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