Programme areas and target groups

ZOA works in Borno State:

  • Jere and Maffa Local Government Areas (LGA)
  • Monguno Local Government Area (LGA)

We target both IDPs, who have fled to the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri (Jere LGA) or safe regional towns in the countryside (Monguno/Maffa), and host community members.

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 people 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 organized armed groups like Boko Haram.

Cash Distribution

ZOA reaches 10,430 people through monthly cash assistance projects in Monguno and Jere. At least 80% of cash is spent 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 areas. The cash was distributed through RedRose digital platform, an innovative system making use of e-cards and/or e-vouchers (bank cards) and biometric authentication.

Water and sanitation in overcrowded IDP camps

ZOA also responds quickly to the high WASH needs in camps and communities. ZOA has  a water and sanitation programme constructing waterpoints and latrines, combined with hygiene education. Started March 2020 special attention is being given to COVID-19 awareness and prevention measures. This includes distribution of soap.

Over 16,799 people benefit from the WASH interventions in Jere, Monguno and Maffa area.

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. ZOA coordinates the response in the Jere area and distributes soap and dehydration/water tablets. ZOA staff chlorinates waterpoints and hold hygiene campaigns to prevent spreading of cholera. As a result, cholera stays under control in ZOA’s target area.

Partners and donors

In cooperation with

We work with other humanitarian partners of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), the consortium is called Nigeria Joint Response. With LHI, a local NGO, ZOA prepares a livelihood project to help women with setting up income generating activities.

With funding from

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