Fuel Hike: ES Press Briefing

Fuel Hike: ES Press Briefing

The Director of Church and Society Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and Executive Secretary Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey recently had a press conference with members of staff and media personnel on Friday 20th May, 2016 to address issues bothering on the recent hike in fuel price and the NLC strike.

This forum, which took place in Catholic Secretariat conference hall, had in attendance over a hundred members of staff and more than four media corporations including Channels TV, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), AIT, etc.

According to the ES, “the recent hike in the price of fuel, economically, may appear justifiable”, but the unforeseen danger revolves around the freedom of importation of fuel by capable hands. He however condemned the hike on grounds of its social impact as “it ends up emasculating the poor and swelling the ranks of those who are below the poverty level…”
While sympathizing with the NLC, the ES urged the congress to continue its negotiation with government over the minimum wage as it is the best option; although, prolonged strikes are not in the interest of the common man.

CCFN Supports Partner to develop Strategic Plan

Caritas Nigeria recently suppported one of its partners, St Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kaduna, to develop their five-year Strategic Plan.

A cross-section of key staff of St Gerard’s hospital at the 3-day event

Members of Caritas Nigeria technical team that facilitated the workshop

‘Hands Up for HIV Prevention’ on World AIDS Day in Namu

The 2016 World AIDS Day (1st December) will remain a memorable day for Namu Community, in Plateau state as Caritas Nigeria in collaboration with St. Virgilius Catholic Hospital, Namu, marked it in a very unique and impactful way.


It was double fortune as the date coincided with a technical assistance visit from Caritas Nigeria project team to St. Virgillus Namu, one of her key partner facilities in Plateau state. And in line with this year’s World AIDS Day theme: ‘Hands up for HIV prevention’, it was truly ‘Hands Up’ affair all across Namu town.

The celebration kicked off with visiting Caritas Nigeria team, dressed in their resplendent red, blue and white branded T-shirts joining with staff of the hospital to have an exciting photo session where they all held their hands up to display various HIV prevention messages boldly written on their palms.  Among the messages were ‘Sex Education’, ‘Equal Access’, Gender Equality,’ ‘Social Protection’, ‘Zero discrimination’ etc.

After the photo session, both teams launched a mini awareness campaign to nearby communities around the hospital. The focus was on HIV/AIDS prevention, and testing services available at the hospital. Caritas Nigeria’s Community services expert, Mr. Adelaja went further to conduct interviews with some of the locals to sample their opinions on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, its prevention and particularly the problem of discrimination. The initial skepticism and curiosity that greeted him later turned into open acceptance and participation when they understood what the exercise was about and they readily subjected themselves to be interviewed. Majority of those interviewed had some knowledge of HIV/AIDS and could site at least one method of preventing transmission. A few beautiful placards were designed with similar messages and were carried around by the staff.

St. Virgilius Namu is a missionary hospital run by the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The facility is administered by Rev. Sr. Martin de Porres, who with her team of dedicated and committed staff offer among other services, HIV/AIDS comprehensive care and treatment services to over 700 clients. The hospital is currently the only facility offering such services to the numerous communities around the area. Over the years, the number of clients placed on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) has increased steadily due to the determination of staff of the hospital to go the extra mile in their bid to get more HIV positive clients from among the communities placed on ARVs.

Overall, it was a very uplifting experience for the team as the efforts impacted positively on the community, especially those living with HIV/AIDS.

Report and pictures courtesy of Lawrencia Agur, Pharmacy and Logistics Advisor, Caritas Nigeria




Caritas Nigeria makes National Appeal for Southern Kaduna

Following the recent killings in Southern Kaduna which has shocked the whole world, Caritas Nigeria has lent its voice to the numerous humanitarian intervention efforts across the nation.
Below is the content of the letter of appeal from the Executive Secretary of the organization, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey sent to different stakeholders to solicit for help.


As you are well aware, the people of Southern Kaduna, mostly in the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Kafanchan, have suffered unwarranted attacks and gory casualties.

The wards with the greatest tragedies are Goska and GidanWaya. Some villages, for example, Godo-Godo, Pasa Kwori and Tudun Wada under Gidan-Waya Ward have been virtually obliterated. A camp has been opened in Kafanchan to accommodate some displaced persons, while others were absorbed by some Christian families.

After a rapid needs assessment conducted by the JDPC, needs are in the following areas:
• Food
• Shelter and non-food items
• Agricultural inputs for early recovery and livelihood support
• School fees and learning materials for education
• Drugs and mosquito nets for health support
• Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities

Consequently, the President of the CBCN, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama, having sought some advice has suggested that the Department of Church and Society through Caritas Nigeria/JDPC should kindly request that your Excellences raise spontaneous appeals in all your parishes to respond as a Church, in solidarity.

The fruits of appeal should kindly be deposited in:
Bank: United Bank of Africa (UBA )
Account Number: 1016080765
Account Name: Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria

Thank you very much and may God preserve our lives from untimely deaths. Amen.

Your Son in Christ,
Fr. Evaristus Bassey
National Director, Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria

Caritas Nigeria marks Feast of St. Bakhita

Caritas Nigeria marked the feast of St. Barkhita, Patron saint of victims of human Trafficking and those who fight to combat it, with special activities in different parts of the country.

At St. Gabriel’s Chaplaincy Durumi, Abuja, domicile of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and its allied agencies, the afternoon mass was well attended by staff of the Secretariat and members of the catholic community in the neighbourhood.


Caritas Nigeria Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey delivered a very touching homily that expounded the life and virtues of Josephine Margaret Barkhita, an African from Sudan who suffered the travails of child abduction and sale into slavery and an eventual conversion into Christianity in Italy where she died as a Catholic nun. During the mass, a special intercessory prayer composed to mark the annual event was recited by all and afterwards, a set of candles were lit at the altar by selected members of the community.

In Benin City, Edo State, the base of the Anti-human trafficking program, Caritas Nigeria collaborated with COSUDOW (Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women), JDPC Benin and the parish JDPC of St Paul’s Catholic Church. Activities began with intercessory prayers and a candle light procession from the church to the King’s Square, the heart of the town.

With over 70 persons in attendance and adequate police security coverage, the occasion provided an avenue to raise awareness on human trafficking as well as enlighten the public on the bitter reality of life in Europe for those held in captivity over illegal migration and human trafficking-related offences.

The feast of St. Barkhita is commemorated February 8 every year. The date is marked officially in the church as INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING. The institutionalization of this feast day is part of the achievements of Caritas Nigeria who has been in the vanguard in the fight against human trafficking in Africa and beyond. St Barkhita is the Patron Saint of Sudan and is very popular in most African countries including Nigeria.


Round 6 NigeriaQual training

NAHSS' Oluwaseun Garba, facilitating one of the training sessionsCaritas Nigeria in collaboration with Nigeria Alliance for Health Systems Strengthening (NAHSS) and Palladium, the organizations’ data management technology partner, has carried out NigeriaQual Training for her Comprehensive Care and Treatment Facility partners in the three major regional areas of the SUSTAIN Project.


The five-day training which held from January 23 – 27 was preparatory to the round 6 of the NigeriaQual national exercise which has commenced. The training was carried out concurrently in two locations: at the Vine’s Hotel, Durumi, Abuja, for facilities in North-Central and South-Central regions; and in Smile View Hotel Makurdi, for facilities in the Benue Region.

The January 2017 NigeriaQual training aimed at building the capacity of  focal persons at these facilties on both Perfomance Measurement and Quality Impromvement processes. A total of 72 participants from 37 facilities participated in the exercise.Palladium's Akande AbdulMojeed demonstrating the use of the NigeriaQual software

Acting QI Team Lead for Caritas Nigeria, Sylvia Pali gives in this video clip, a brief insight into what the training accomplished.


Fight Against Malnutrition

The lives of mo re than three thousand children from various communities in North Eastern Nigeria are at stake as a result of malnutrition

These communities have over the years suffered series of incessant attacks from boko haram terrorists, terrible assaults on worship centres and businesses which have rendered majority of the people homeless and penniless.

The prevalence of acute malnutrition, underweight, stunting, poor dietary conditions amongst others are increasingly affecting the lives of children in these communities.


Join us to save these innocent children for with your support we can achieve a lot more.


International Women’s Day (IWD) – 2017: MESSAGE TO ALL WOMEN IN CARITAS NIGERIA

Dear All,


As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, I congratulate all the women who work at Caritas Nigeria.

Women are known to be selfless and to give the best of themselves to whatever they do. Being a woman is not therefore a reason to lag behind but a motivation to excel. We are proud that at Caritas Nigeria we do not throw huddles at women but enable the environment for everyone to work gracefully. Women who do not live up to expectation will not be because they are women, but because they have not optimized their potential and the opportunities provided.


I pray that every woman continues to achieve her best dreams, even as CARITAS Nigeria provides the enabling environment.
God bless you all.

Fr Evaristus Bassey,


WASH intervention in Yobe State

The UNICEF Project Cooperative Agreeement (PCA) 1 and 2 has carried out major interventionsaw in Yobe state.
This includes the distribution of 500 WaSH hygiene kits to 500 households, the construction of 50 VIP Latrines as well as rehabilitation and repairs of 22 dysfunctional water points across 6 LGAs of Yobe State comprising: Damaturu LGA: (Ngabuwara, MCH Gwange, Kukareta-Kimeri, MCH Nayinawa and Maisandari); Tarmuwa LGA: at MCH Babangida; Fune LGA: at Damagun; Potiskum LGA: (MCH Bolewa “A”, MCH Dogon Zare, Anguwan Jaji, Jumma’a, Barracks and Yerimaram); Fika LGA: (MCH Gadaka, Gadaka comm., Sabongari, Pukumari, Bogaru and Kokori); Bade LGA: (Sarkin Hausawa A, Sarkin Hausawa B and Katuzu all in Gashua).



Emergency Response Profile – 2017

Caritas Nigeria collaborated with Catholic Relief Services in implementing Lifesaving WASH intervention in the wake of the 2012 floods in Nigeria.

In view of the Boko Haram insurgence in the North Eastern region of Nigeria, several interventions have been implemented to address the needs of the internally displaced persons through various Emergency Appeals since 2014 till date.

In its CI-EA 2015 intervention, Caritas Nigeria planned to reach 11,900 beneficiaries directly. At the end of the intervention it reached 19,000 beneficiaries directly and 260,000 beneficiaries indirectly. Funds were also secured from UNICEF with the signing of two Project Cooperative Agreements (PCAs) to implement WASH intervention for improved access of 5,283 IDP households and their host communities to safe water, sanitation and personal hygiene. In addition Caritas equally secured another grant from the Australian High Commission to address food and WaSH needs of internally displaced persons in Wassa district of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory where we 200 households were supported to address their agricultural livelihood through farm input voucher fair. The project is still sustaining the IDPs till date.

In addition, Caritas Nigeria, with support from CAFOD hopes to implement a WaSH project funded by Czech government. The current CI Emergency Appeal plans to reach 9000 beneficiaries in communities in Hawul and Askira Uba LGAs, Borno State in the areas of Nutrition, Health, Livelihoods, and WaSH. This is in addition to the just signed agreement with FAO to distribute agricultural input kits to 12,000 Households in Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South (Adamawa State), Hawul and Askira Uba LGAs (Borno State).