Many young women are not able to get an education past the secondary level and instead may leave school vulnerable to early marriage, involuntary domestic servitude, and even trafficking.
In Nigeria, we work with the Women’s Board to change this. By helping us fund vocational training scholarships, health education, and outreach activities through the projects below, you can offer women and girls in Nigeria the chance to take control of their future.
Wavecrest and Lantana Colleges
Wavecrest College of Hospitality (Lagos) and Lantana College of Hospitality (Enugu) are vocational institutions that teach technical and professional skills to young women, many from less privileged backgrounds. Both help women to find their independence by giving them the experience they need to support themselves and their families financially and to look for fulfilment in their daily lives. They go on to get good jobs in the hotel, tourism and catering industries, or to start their own businesses with the skills that they have.
Working in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, this project visits schools in the city to provide opportunities for schoolgirls to learn about health and nutrition, as well as providing mentoring to help them raise their aspirations and stay in school. These activities help to make early marriage less likely and support girls to finish school and make positive choices for their futures.
Serving rural villages in Ogun state, southwestern Nigeria, the clinic has a strong preventative focus. Through community engagement and classes for new and expectant mothers and school girls, the local community learns how to stay healthy. These interventions have helped reduce infant mortality, and aided the prevention and management of common illnesses such as diabetes which prevent people from working, aggravating their poverty. Through the provision of expertise and resources and the exchange of ideas we also work with Wavecrest College in Lagos and Iwollo Clinic in Enugu.