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Nigeria is a nation where widespread poverty exists in the midst of plenty. Despite immense resources, years of debilitating military rule have left it vulnerable to poor governance, corruption, economic instability and severe human rights violations.

The conflict provoked by Boko Haram in North East Nigeria has left 2.1 million displaced from their homes, mostly remaining within the country itself. The government has in part pushed Boko Haram back, and internally displaced people have slowly started returning to their home towns. However, they are finding their homes and infrastructure destroyed, with a severe lack of resources.

Insufficient access to food is a huge problem, with many parts of the North East on the brink of famine. In the three most affected states, almost 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than half of them children.

Our impact

A child washes their hands at a camp for internally displaced people in Nigeria. Credit: Ruth Towell/ Tearfund

A child washes their hands at a camp for internally displaced people in Nigeria. Credit: Ruth Towell/ Tearfund

More about our projects

Disaster risk reduction

In North East Nigeria Tearfund is working through local partner CRUDAN to offer humanitarian and emergency assistance to communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. This is done through cash grants, to meet their immediate food needs and to help them rebuild their agriculture businesses, and through training in climate-friendly farming.

This work will enable 300,000 internally displaced people and returnees build integrated communities of both Christians and Muslims that are more resilient for further disasters, whether natural or man-made.

Church and community transformation (CCT)

Tearfund's goal in Nigeria is to see 6 million people released from spiritual and material poverty by inspiring and mobilising 4,000 local churches. These churches will, in turn, mobilise their communities to take action and meet local needs in the areas of food production, water supply and sanitation, basic healthcare and basic education.


Tearfund is giving 12 partners and 600 local churches a vision of a just and sustainable world, influencing people's values, attitudes and behaviours.

The Global Advocacy team is also supporting partners and church denominations to organise and mobilise young people and churches to bring about lifestyle and policy changes.


Tearfund's goal is to work through local partner organisations to enable 40,000 Christians, Muslims and traditional worshipers work together and achieve religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.

HIV/sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

Tearfund aims to see new HIV infections reduced to zero and a 90 per cent reduction in mother-to-child transmission. This will be achieved through awareness raising, education, care and support, for both HIV issues and sexual and gender-based violence. We are also aiming to increase access to treatment by 75 per cent, reducing the mortality rate and further transmission of the virus.

Esther with her 6-month-old baby attends the HIV clinic | Partner: ECWA TEAM | Credit: Tom Price/Tearfund

Esther with her 6-month-old baby attends the HIV clinic | Partner: ECWA TEAM | Credit: Tom Price/Tearfund

Please pray for Nigeria

  • Pray for peaceful coexistence for people of different faiths in Northern Nigeria.
  • Pray that the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, and the persistent attacks by herdsmen, will come to an end, allowing peace to be restored.
  • Pray for safe access to food and for God to intervene in the current economic recession.

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