Nigeria

Programme areas and target groups

ZOA works in Borno State:

  • Jere and Maiduguri Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Monguno and Kukawa Local Government Area (LGA)

We target both IDPs and host communities who have fled to the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri (Jere/Maiduguri) or safe regional towns in the countryside (Monguno/Kukawa).

In Nigeria, ZOA is active in two sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH

What we do in Nigeria

Our relief activities in Borno State started in December 2016. ZOA reaches out to the most vulnerable internally displaced as well as to the host population who shared the little they had with new arrivals. We provide lifesaving support like unconditional cash and WASH to victims of the violence between the military and armed opposition groups like Boko Haram.

Cash distribution

Since 2017, ZOA provides monthly, unconditional cash to 30,000 people for up to seven months per year. At least 80% of cash is spend on food. The selected households who were eligible for the cash distributions are the most vulnerable like female headed families, pregnant and lactating mothers and elderly households. They generally have no resources left and had to use negative coping strategies such as survival sex, begging, eating fewer meals per day and generating large debts with friends and family. As a result of ZOA’s intervention, malnutrition percentages dropped, people became more food secure and women and girls are less vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation. Despite warnings for famine this worst-case scenario was prevented in the project area. The cash was distributed through RedRose digital platform , an innovative system making use of e-cards and/or e-vouchers (bank cards).

Water and sanitation in overcrowded IDP camps

ZOA also responded quickly to the high WASH needs. ZOA has started a water and sanitation programme constructing waterpoints and latrines, combined with hygiene education. A total of over 19,000 beneficiaries benefited in Jere/Maiduguri area. ZOA starts a new WASH programme in the over-congested town of Monguno to respond to urgent needs of both IDPs and host communities. Waterpoints and latrines will be constructed, existing latrines will be rehabilitated and the population receives continuous hygiene education.

19,000 people benefited from the waterpoints and latrines we constructed in the informal IDP camps

If necessary, ZOA responds quickly to cholera outbreaks in its target areas. Due to over-congestion in IDP camps, cholera spreads quickly during rainy season. The outbreak in 2018 was one of the worst since the start of the crisis. ZOA coordinated the response in Jere/Old Maiduguri area and distributed soap and dehydration/water tablets. ZOA staff chlorinated waterpoints and hold hygiene campaigns to prevent spreading of cholera. As a result, cholera was under control in ZOA’s target area.

Partners and donors

In cooperation with

We work with other humanitarian partners under Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) consortium

With funding from

ECHO, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Renew, Canadian Food Grains Bank, UNOCHA through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund and ZOA the Netherlands.