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An association of Nigeria Peace Corps alumni and other friends of Nigeria who support the interests of the Nigerian people.

Support that is targeted, managed on the ground and able to demonstrate a  path to hope and success

Friends of Nigeria has a long history of supporting development projects in Nigeria.  Since 2001 we have raised $164,514.25 that we have distributed directly to 12 organizations.  All membership dues  not required for operational expenses go to development projects.  100% of donations go to development projects, and people can specify if their donation should go to support VSO projects, the Fantsuam Foundation, be split between the two, or be unrestricted.

Recent Project Support

During the past two years, thanks to your generous financial support, the FON board of directors has continued to find ways to better the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

Nearly $26,000 supported 15 VSO small projects sponsored and administered by volunteers in the field. VSO is a British nonprofit, formerly a government agency, that deploys volunteers to Nigeria and elsewhere. Most of these volunteers come to Nigeria, usually for one or two years, from a variety of countries including England, Canada, India, Philippines, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and more. All VSO Nigeria volunteers are invited to request grants of up to $2,000 each from FON for the purpose of carrying out a project that they otherwise couldn’t do without some funding help. The applications require that the local communities contribute their own funds, or at least in-kind support, and that the project be sustainable once the volunteer leaves. Here are highlights of some recent projects, many of which were designed to demonstrate innovative technologies or planning that could be adapted once shown to be successful.

  • Lukas Partzsch of Germany, and later Adubango Collins of Uganda, introduced new modified maize varieties in Mangu, Plateau State.  This maize is higher yielding and more resistant to pests, disease, and drought.  Early feedback is positive.
  • Michael Mawambi of Uganda proposed a community resource/recreation center for at-risk youth in Calabar, Cross River State.  The project used locally donated land, including a building in need of rehabilitation. 
  • Peter James Okoyo of Uganda provided better quality rice seed to replace that of victims of ethnic violence in Bukan Sidi, Lafia, and Nasarawa State.
  • Stephen Kyalibulha of Uganda developed tree nurseries both to provide shade for schools and also to teach students at the schools some entrepreneurship skills.  This project will ultimately benefit 14 schools in Nasarawa State.
  • Al Razon of the Philippines and Abdul Ahmed helped women farmers in Jacaranda, Kaduna State.  The women are now using bullocks for more efficient plowing and improved soya bean seeds for higher yields.
  • Lilly Mwaniki of Kenya rehabilitated an old oil palm processing mill in Ikpem, Imo State, providing employment and oil palm for local households.
  • Moses Nwatu of Uganda provided a private changing room for girl secondary students in Ubbe so that they felt empowered to continue attending school while menstruating -- a serious obstacle to attendance, especially among girls in the predominantly Muslim north.
  • Brian Kahuni from Zambabwi helped farmers raise rabbits, a quick source of protein and farm income at Lafia in Nasarawa State.

Rabbit hutches were provided to farmers in Nasarawa State

FON has an 11-year-old commitment of support to the VSO Nigeria organization, nearly $6,000 over the past two years.  This money supports VSO itself, and facilitates our links to the projects we support and to foster communication with the volunteers VSO supports in the field.  We have just been linked to Bernie Allen of the UK, who is just now arriving in Nigeria.  She is stationed in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Our donors support The Fantsuam Foundation, our long-time (seven years) NGO partner near Kafanchan in Kaduna State, with donations totaling over $8,000 in the past two years.  The most recent donation is helping with the construction of a sewer system in Banyan Loco to help combat disease caused by lack of good sanitation.  

FON has provided $13,400 since 2012 to the African Community Health Initiative to continue rehabilitation of an old school into a lab/resource center in Imo State.  ACHI was founded by Queen Obasi, a nurse who emigrated from Nigeria to St. Paul, MN, where she works with medical colleagues and members of the Nigerian diaspora in the United States to help communities in Nigeria (and Namibia) to provide basic fundamental health resources.

In October $500 was given to the NPCA Ebola Relief Project .  And $2,000 was just approved in early February for food aid for Boko Haram refugees.  The American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa State is providing the assistance to the hundreds of thousand of refugees there. 

In 2010 Berkeley, CA physician Laura Stachel was carrying suitcase-sized solar generators to Nigeria and elsewhere so that the operating rooms where she worked would have necessary power. While WE CARE Solar WE CARE Solar has expanded in recent years as word of its success has spread to nearby Silicon Valley and elsewhere, FON was among early supporters with grants totaling $6,000 at a time when solar packs were essentially homemade by Laura's husband and WE CARE co-founder Hal Aronson. 

Friends of Nigeria is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 
Email:  fonigeria@gmail.com President phone: 978-562-3613

Mailing address: Friends of Nigeria, c/o Warren Keller, PO Box 8032, Berkeley, CA 94707

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