Commemorating World Day Against Human Trafficking

Commemorating World Day Against Human Trafficking

Caritas Nigeria Anti-Human Trafficking and Migration Desk provides National coordination for the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The program is aimed at combating human rights abuses, human trafficking and irregular migration.


Caritas Nigeria supported the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPCs) and other sister organizations in enlightenment campaigns; raising awareness and consciousness of people about the vices and dangers of Human Trafficking which is referred to as modern day slavery. On February 8th, 2015 the  Church marked the World Anti-Human Trafficking Day the feast of St. Josephine Bahkita through enlightenment campaigns to create awareness of this vices in parishes across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria.


Also working with diocesan Caritas and sister agencies, the organization provided psychosocial and livelihoods support for trafficked victims as much as it could while also providing linkages to agencies that can provide more help for trafficked victims.


Working more on prevention, Caritas Nigeria has tried to reduce the vulnerability of young active adolescents and women in some of the Dioceses by starting up businesses or opening shops for skills acquired to enable them cater for their needs and that of their families thereby reducing the prevalence of falling prey to traffickers in those areas and ultimately reducing poverty which is acclaimed the root cause of human trafficking in Nigeria.


2015 World Day Against Child Labour

Children as we all know are often time helpless and vulnerable to vices and as such there is a need to raise their consciousness on their rights and obligations in order not to fall prey to exploitation/abuse and slavery-like practices.


According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 168 million children are trapped in child labour. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work. This persistence of child labour is rooted in poverty and lack of decent work for adults, lack of social protection, and a failure to ensure that all children are attending school through to the legal minimum age for admission to employment.


To mark this year’s World Day theme “No to Child Labour – Yes to Quality Education”, Caritas Nigeria worked with its 55 diocesan partners to implement sensitization activities to draw attention of parents, guardians, religious/community leaders and Nigeria at large, to this social ill against children.


Caritas Nigeria tried to focus its messages particularly on the importance of quality education as a key step in tackling child labour. Which was highlighted by ILO as being very timely, due to the fact that in 2015 the international community will be reviewing reasons for the failure to reach development targets on education and will be setting new goals and strategies


The World Day Against Child Labour was marked on 12 June, 2015.


Caritas is U-report partner

Caritas Nigeria is among partners for the U-report initiative of United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
U-report is a free sms based platform that empowers citizens to speak up on issues that concern them. By this new partnership, experts from Caritas Nigeria will be involved in responding to questions from members of the society on specific topics namely HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and gender-related issues.

Participation in the program is open to all members of the society and is simply by texting JOIN to 24453 (FREE) to become a U-reporter. More information is available on the u-report website, or following on twitter (@UreportNigeria) and Facebook ( U-report Nigeria).

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.

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 joins Confederation of Meningitis Organizations

Caritas Nigeria has joined the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO) as an Associate Member.

By this development, Caritas Nigeria will henceforth enjoy all the benefits associated with this status which includes recognition on the CoMO website, permission to display certificate of associate membership in CoMO anywhere, access to all resources & toolkits developed by CoMO to support member development, receipt of all CoMO general communications including the Newsletter as well as invitation to attend the annual conference and the Annual General Meeting of CoMO.

To ensure a smooth relationship in this new collaboration, Caritas Nigeria Treatment Advisor, Dr. Olayiwola Olanrewaju has been appointed as the CoMO focal person within the organization.


To see Caritas Nigeria profile on the CoMO website click on this link.


cART Partners Forum in Gboko

PMVs at the eventCaritas Nigeria has begun a two-day meeting in Gboko, Benue State with all partners and service providers in her Community Anti-Retroviral Treatment (cART) program.

The exercise which commenced this morning (April 10, 2017) is led by the Caritas Nigeria community ART technical team and is geared towards reorienting its partners at the community level to boost the effectiveness and impact of community ART program in Benue state.

Dr. Fadare, Snr Technical Advisor anchoring provides insight into the cART program

Participants at the meeting comprises community-based pharmacies, patent medicine vendors (PMVs) and administrators of Comprehensive Care and Treatment (CCT) sites that serve as hubs to the PMVs, as well as supervisory and roving team  members for the cART program. The local government areas (LGAs) currently involved include Gwer West, Logo and Ushongo of Benue state.


The cART is  a strategy designed to increase access of people living with HIV to treatment services at the grassroots. It is a component of the PEPFAR-funded SUSTAIN program of Caritas Nigeria which has entered its fifth year of operation and has made tremendous impact in each of the twelve states where it has been implemented including Benue.

Caritas Nigeria Program Manager, Donald Akpenna making a presentation

Since it was flagged off nine months ago the cART program has tested  a total of 12873 persons with about 438 positives placed on care and treatment.


Press Release on Nigeria’s Voluntary National Review on SDGs

Caritas Nigeria and JDPC were participants in the recently concluded High Level Political Forum at the United Nations, New York where Nigeria’s Voluntary National Review (NVR) on SDG was carried out. The press release following is the outcome from that event.


CIMS Newsletter – July 2017


2017 Partners’ Forum Kicks off

The second and last segment of the 2017 Partners Forum for the PEPFAR-funded SUSTAIN project of Caritas Nigeria has kicked off in Abuja.


The exercise which will span over the next three weeks is being organized in each of the three project regions namely Benue, North-Central and South-Central regions. The segment for the North-central project region (representing partner facilities in the FCT, Kaduna, Kogi, Plateau and Nasarawa States) is scheduled for August 23 – 24, 2017.

A total of twenty-six (26) faith-based health facilities are participating in the Abuja event including Our Lady of Apostle Hospital Akwanga, St. Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kaduna and Grimard Hospital, Anyigba, Kogi State.