Nigeria

Education & Health in Ebonyi State

Our commitment in Nigeria

In 2020, the founders of the German ‘HUMAN Foundation’ and the Nigerian organization ‘Holyrock Mountain of Light Church’ (with Pastor Richard Awah) signed a cooperation agreement. An agreement with Better Place Africa followed in 2022. Better Place Africa is operated by Melanie Facius (Board Member of the HUMAN Foundation) and her husband Divine. Better Place Africa will be the operative partner of the HUMAN Foundation in Nigeria for the further projects and is doing excellent work on site.

It all started with the idea of renovating a school in Afikpo North. This resulted in a number of other projects within two years, which will initially culminate in 2022 when the HUMAN Foundation won a social award. Munich Re supports this project as part of its Social Engagement Awards initiative. Better Place Africa will also be the partner for implementation and operation.

On this page we go into more detail about the individual initiatives at the respective locations.

EDUCATION

We are renovating a large school complex, building toilets, a school kitchen and wells

PURE DRINKING WATER

We provide pure drinking water to avoid multiple diseases within the Community

MEDICAL AID

We care for people in medical emergencies who do not have access to a doctor

We are acting here

The situation in Ebonyi State, which was only founded in 1996, is roughly comparable to the situation in our projects in India. These are very rural structures, especially in our project location Afikpo North. The majority of the population works in agriculture. A high percentage of families live on a monthly income of around €40.

More than 150,000 people who are mainly farmers, fishermen and hunters, live in the Afikpo region. The topography is rocky and surrounded by many small streams that flow into a river that connects the village to the Atlantic.

The average life expectancy of people is between 55 and 60 years due to poor medical facilities and a lack of clean drinking water. The majority of our support measures are provided in the Afikpo North district with the “villages” of Amuro and Mgbom. 50,000 people live there. Some relief efforts are also underway in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State located about 70 kilometers north of Afikpo North, as our board member Melanie Facius lives there with her family.

A detailed description of all projects can be downloaded as a pdf file (see download button).

Amuro Mgbom

School renovation

(Afikpo North)

 

The Context

The Afikpo North government district is one of the many “forgotten” regions of Nigeria where hardly anyone cares about the needs of the people. The financial resources of the schools are correspondingly similar. The teachers are therefore often demotivated.

The Challenge

The school complex for 1,700 students has existed since the 1950s. Some of the buildings are dilapidated, the toilet facilities have not been in use for many years. Sometimes 300 students are accommodated in up to 4 classes in one large room.

The Solution

It is also said in Nigeria that knowledge is power and education is the key to success. With better education, children are ready to compete in the job market. We want to renovate all ten buildings and ensure a reasonable infrastructure.

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“Renovation of school buildings” is the fundamental basis for any other activites around this school. We want to approach the project step by step. The largest building, the so-called U-Block, was the first to be renovated and completed in 2022. The total renovation of all buildings will cost more than €200,000, with the extent of required renovation depending on the building.
“Modernisation of the school infrastructure” is another important aspect in addition to the renovation of the buildings. Beautiful buildings are worth a lot, but they lack important basic elements such as water, sanitary facilities, a decent school kitchen, tables, chairs, computers, a playground and most of the necessary school and educational resources such as a library or equipment for chemistry, physics and biology classes .
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Afikpo

Pure Drinking WATER

 

The Context

There is no drinking water supply in the homes. People get their water from nearby ponds and creeks or rainwater from the roof.
Hardly anyone can afford clean water because the money is needed for food.

The Challenge

Many people become ill from contaminated drinking water. The biggest problems are typhus, kidney disease and gastrointestinal infections. Nobody can afford medical care either, so the children don’t go to school and miss a lot of learning material.

The Solution

We will build a water bottling plant and clean the well water with filter systems.
Thus, clean drinking water is made available to the people. This eliminates many illnesses and people do not need a doctor.

Our Program

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“puRE water for life” is the name of our large water project in the Afikpo governorate, which will be built in 2022 and will go into operation at the beginning of 2023. The concept is comprehensive.
First, a well with a depth of 80-100 meters is drilled. The water is pumped up with a solar pump on a small photovoltaic system. We are building a bottling hall with several bottling plants with proven filter systems. Around 20,000 liters are produced every day. The bottling plants are supplied with electricity via a large PV system, so that the entire operation can be operated with energy self-sufficiency. Of the 6 million liters of drinking water produced annually, 50% are given to poor families free of charge and 50% are sold to mini traders at a fair price to cover our annual operating costs. We employ more than 15 people in total and will provide both environmental and health advice.
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Abakaliki & Afikpo

Medical Aid & Family Support

 

The Context

As always in such poverty-stricken areas, you really do not know where to start.
There are too many people who need great help. Still, people are so grateful when someone cares about them and offers to help. Every help counts!

The Challenge

Many families suffer from shortages: lack of water, food, clothing, education, housing infrastructure, well-paid work and therefore money. If someone becomes seriously ill, they cannot afford a doctor in the hospital. But we can only provide selective help.

The Solution

There are three approaches: medical emergency aid in critical individual cases, delivery of goods via Container transport from Germany and sponsorship of individual children. Due to the high administrative effort, the sponsorships are limited and exhausted.

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“Emergency medical aid”: In individual cases, it is about helping children or adults who are in severe need and usually die without medical care or experience great suffering in the long term in their life.
This can be tumors in children, kidney diseases, severe burns, accidents, etc. Individual attempts are made to help and each individual case is financed individually. A very emotional and stressful task.
“Family support”: Many families lack the essentials. Be it cooking pots, cutlery, furniture, clothing or a cuddly toy for the children, small toys or school supplies. As a rule, a container is sent from Munich to Nigeria twice a year to send goods for a number of families, but also a lot of equipment for the school.
We cannot pay the family’s living expenses, but in any case we can give them a little joy and somewhat improve their situation.
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Quotes from important Projectpartners

I am convinced that miracles happen when people help each other. The last few months of the Corona crisis have made it clear to me once again how important it is to me to give children better opportunities.
As a very religious person, I am particularly inspired by a quote from Pastor Hannelore Frank: ‘If God wants to help and support us, if he wants to comfort, advise and encourage us, then he doesn’t let a miracle happen with lightning and thunder, but he sends us a man’.
Melanie Facius

Member of the board of HUMAN-Foundation. Lives in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Nigeria. Founder of Better Place Africa Foundation.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the renovation work that I found when I started in 2022: 8 new classrooms, water supply, provision of chairs and marker boards that meet international standards and were officially inaugurated on May 28, 2022 in the renovated U-Block.
Like Oliver Twist I would like to make further inquiries…. The school has no physics, chemistry, biology classrooms and no library.
In the knowledge of the importance of the above, I therefore ask for your help in implementing the demands made for better learning by the students.
Mrs. Nwakaego Oti

Senior Principal of Amuro/Mgbom Community Secondary School Afikpo

I believe children from less privileged homes are not supposed to suffer because their parents can’t provide for them. Quality education is a birth right for every child. The world will be a better place if every child is given the opportunity to be what he or she wishes to be.
Divine Awah

Founder of Better Place Africa Foundation.

One of the biggest problems in our work is the contaminated drinking water. The drinks here cause typhus, gastrointestinal infections and other bacterial diseases. Many problems could be solved with clean water.
Dr. Uche Ayoade

Health worker, Afikpo, Nigeria

The children are our future. We believe that the development of our children through education is our future. Our dream is to make our community a better place than we got to know it.
Angela Awah and Richard Light Awah

Pastors of Holyrock Mountain of Light Church in Amuro/Mgbo. Our future project partners in Nigeria

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