While we started this campaign to raise funds for vulnerable families in Maryland, most of the requests we received, especially through our connections, are in Nigeria. So we decided to keep the campaign open to raise more funds. Additional funds raised from April 15, 2020 will go towards providing food items for poor families in Nigeria.
Here’s some context on why there is a genuine need in Nigeria. The poverty level is high. For many, family meals for the next day are dependent on their sales for the current day. No sales means no food. With the lock-down, everything is on standstill, and many families in poor areas are going to bed hungry. Out of desperation, some have called our coordinators at odd hours asking for a few cups of rice or asking to do menial tasks in exchange for the equivalent of $2.
So far, we are able to support 400 families in Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos, Edo, Ogun, Abia, Imo and Niger states where we have close family who can do the ground work. We have a waiting list, and are in the process of expanding to more communities in Delta and Jos.
The situation with the economy being on standstill in Nigerian is sad. There are no unemployment benefits or government aids. Your donations are much appreciated and needed.
Please consider giving to those in need; no amount is too small.
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