Caritas Nigeria – also known as the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) – is the official aid and development arm of the Nigerian Bishops’ Conference. Since its formal registration in 2010, it has successfully implemented several programs with the support of various actors ranging from governments, UN agencies, Caritas Confederation members, philanthropists, international humanitarian aid agencies, and other faith-based organizations. In line with its vision of “a harmonious environment where everyone enjoys the fullness of life“, Caritas Nigeria’s beneficiaries are selected on the basis of their needs, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.
Since its formal registration, Caritas Nigeria has reached millions of direct beneficiaries through interventions in its priority areas of action, such as emergency response and humanitarian services (reaching IDPs and refugees); health and HIV/AIDS interventions – which include support to orphans and vulnerable children; agriculture and livelihood support for vulnerable households (food security); good governance programs – on election monitoring, budget monitoring, and citizen education; institutional capacity building; anti-trafficking and forced migration – which includes services to returnees; and Good governance programs – on election monitoring, budget oversight and citizen education; institutional capacity building; combating human trafficking and forced migration – which includes services to returnees; support to widows and unemployed youth, among others, in hard-to-reach communities in Nigeria and abroad in solidarity, and Institutional Development and Capacity Building (IDCS).
In terms of capacity building, Caritas Nigeria is the only organization in Nigeria, and indeed in West Africa, to offer APMG-accredited pro-PMD training and certification. So far, Caritas Nigeria’s Institutional Capacity Building program has been working hard to train and build the capacity of health staff in rural communities, its local partners in the dioceses, and more than 500 development professionals throughout the country. In addition, Caritas Nigeria is developing a National Data Repository (NDR) to support the Federal Ministry of Health in archiving the performance of all health centers providing HIV-related services in the country.
Caritas Nigeria’s national offices are located in Abuja, and there are two regional offices in Makurdi (Benue State) and Sokoto State, as well as sub-offices in Lagos, Edo and Kebbi States. In addition to this, there are also 56 local (diocesan) Caritas offices spread throughout the 36 states of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, making it possible to reach the most hard-to-reach and underserved communities.