Support that is targeted, managed on the ground, and able to demonstrate a path to hope and success
Friends of Nigeria has a long history of supporting development projects in Nigeria. From 1999 through 2019 we have raised and distributed more than $290,000 as grants to 12 organizations. All membership dues not required for operational expenses go to development projects. 100% of donations go to development projects.
The FON Board of Directors has voted to launch a fundraising and public awareness project to address maternal health, with a focus on obstetric fistula and family planning.
The Fantsuam Foundation
The Fantsuam Foundation is a rural NGO in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, seeking to promote development by focusing on sustainable livelihoods, health, and education. Where possible Fantsuam charges fees for its services, thus generating 65% of its budget through its own revenues.
African Community Health Initiative
ACHI was founded by Queen Obasi, a nurse who emigrated from Nigeria to St. Paul, MN, where she works with medical colleagues and members of the Nigerian diaspora in the United States to help provide basic health services to communities in Nigeria and Namibia..
Volunteer Service Overseas
VSO Volunteers staff schools, local agricultural and health organizations and more, returning home with new skills, new ideas, and new enthusiasm. Importantly, VSO and VSO Volunteers became a vehicle for FON to to provide continued financial support in a meaningful, purposeful and directed way.
American University of Nigeria (AUN)
The American University of Nigeria (AUN) provides assistance to hundreds of thousand of Boko Haram refugees in Yola, Adamawa State. $2,000 was approved in early February, 2015, for food aid for Boko Haram refugees. Since 2011, FON has provided $19,000 in grants to AUN.
We Care Solar
In 2010 Berkeley, California physician Laura Stachel carried suitcase-sized solar generators to Nigeria and elsewhere so that the operating rooms where she worked would have necessary power. FON was among early supporters with grants totaling $6,000 at a time when solar packs were essentially homemade by Laura's husband and WE CARE co-founder Hal Aronson. WE CARE Solar has expanded in recent years as word of its success has spread to nearby Silicon Valley and elsewhere.