Why I am involved- the Heart of a Passionate Fighter against Poverty and Hunger
Last year I travelled to Nigeria and visited many cities. I saw first-hand poverty and hunger. The Boko Haram terrorists, the Herdsmen terrorists and the indifference and indiscriminate abuse of public offices and unbridled corruption, outright stealing and moral depravity across all sectors and levels of Nigeria are increasingly creating millions of extreme poor every year.
Nevertheless, I was also inspired by all the hope in the future demonstrated by most of the poor and hungry people I met who have shown remarkable resilience and resolve to do long-term work and build back better. They know breaking the bark of poverty will be challenging, but they are ready to do what it takes, for however long it takes—and to do it in ways that lift them out of poverty, create sustainable, resilient, transparent, accountable, participatory, prosperous and inclusive communities. At the root of this crisis could be said is the denial of the fundamental dignity of every human person as deserving the best in life.
We’ve already begun working alongside incredible partners such as The Girl Generation, Positive Action for Children, Vitamin Angels, UK lottery, Selavip International and others who have supported our programmes. But there is so much more that must be done.
That’s why I am proud that at SAID Sweden we’re taking steps to make a difference for the people who need it most. These poor and marginalized people need assistance. You have the power to help these people pull themselves out of the dehumanization of poverty and hunger.
Last year SAID Sweden began to implement some projects targeted at different sub-groups among these marginalized people. Overall, 3 new commitments have been made thus far to help poor people build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities including in public health promotion, human rights capacity building, entrepreneurship, micro finance and social housing. I’ve seen first-hand how our supporters and partners are changing lives. We know this work isn’t possible without you.
I know how much you care about the people who continue to struggle to break the bark of poverty and hunger, those struggling to recover from the horrific and tragic terrorism of Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen, and I know that you care deeply about the future of our country Nigeria. We are committed to creating networks and partnerships to ensure the realization of our vision- a world without poverty and hunger. Yes, this can be done! Poverty and hunger are human creations...
With your support, we can work with our partners to support these marginalized people, expand economic opportunity, and increase access to entrepreneurial education, healthcare, social housing and human rights. And together, we can build a better, healthier, more sustainable world. Our work can be a challenging but also incredibly rewarding experience.
Please – make your donation to SAID NIGERIA 2018 Annual Fund today to help us work with those at the bottom of the economic and political pyramids as they build back their lives, families and communities.
SAID Nigeria and our partners in rural communities are working to improve lives and expand opportunities in the countries where we are present especially in Nigeria and Cameroon– and we couldn’t do it without the generosity of committed supporters like you.
Every donation – in any amount – matters to improve the lives of the poor and marginalized people we serve.
Thanks to your belief in our mission and with your help, we will continue to reach as many people as we possibly can.
Thanks to you, we can offer help to people in need. And together, we can build a better, healthier, more sustainable world free from the scourge of poverty. Chikezie Onuoha (Founder, SAID)