Although Nigeria is not among the UN list of least developed countries, even before the COVID-19 crisis, around 40% of Nigerians were living in poverty and millions more were vulnerable to falling below the poverty line, as growth was slow and was not inclusive. Based on the most recent official survey data from the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics, 39.1 percent of Nigerians lived below the international poverty line of $1.90 per person per day in 2018/19
In Nigeria, children who need special protection on account of being in vulnerable situations such as orphanhood and homelessness are observably increasing due to growing levels of poverty and the poor socio-economic situation of the country. Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development estimates that there are 17.5 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) nationwide.
the Scheer Foundation has decided to join forces with the Anthony Umani Foundation to support orphans in Nigeria. As usual the Scheer Foundation will "guarantee" access to food to a group of orphans. We expect our assistance will grow over the years.