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Africare/Nigeria

In the wake of Nelson Mandela's passing, Barau Danlami of Africare/Nigeria remembers him this way:

Dear Pa. Nelson,
You were to us a PILLAR in African Leadership,
You came, saw and conquered and your imprint on the sand of time will never be erased, particularly your fight against Racism and Racial oppression

ADIEU!
– Barau Danlami

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Africare began operations in Nigeria in 1978.

Since that time, Africare/Nigeria has invested approximately $28,000,000 through projects addressing…

• Agriculture & Food Security
• Health, HIV & AIDS
• Family Planning
• Malaria Control
• Maternal and Child Health
• Nutrition
• Orphans and Vulnerable Children
• River Blindness
• Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
• Women’s Empowerment

Success in Nigeria

Implemented in Lagos in 2009, Africare’s Kick AIDS project employed the popularity and practical learning aspects of soccer to empower, educate and mobilize youth. Using drills, games and discussions, youth are taught life skills and HIV prevention in an environment where they feel comfortable exploring serious, sensitive issues. The youth remain community role models and sources of sexually transmitted infection prevention information. The model has been adopted by other non-governmental organizations.

The Japan Social Development Fund recognized Africare’s Women’s Initiative for Sex Education (WISE) for its innovative approach to reducing the incidence of HIV in young women.

Africare’s ongoing CUBS project contains a research component to explore the impact of reproductive health education and economic strengthening on reducing vulnerability among adolescent females. No similar study has been conducted in the context of HIV prevention programs, and the results could pave the way for future programming models.