Our Village in Owu-Ijebu is located in rural Ogun state. A large part of the economy is based on agriculture - with important crops including maize, cassava, cocoyam, vegetables and plaintain - while mining plays a key role as well.
Unemployment and poverty affect many people in Ogun. Most people scrape by as subsistence farmer, and many migrate to the city in the hope of improving their lot.
Tough conditions for the majority of families
Infrastructure is limited throughout Ogun. Only two thirds have access to drinking water, while as few as 13% have their own toilet. Healthcare is poor, and many children are unable to attend school.
Widespread malnutrition and limited healthcare for children
A stark indicator of low living standards in Ogun is the stunting which affects nearly half of under-fives. This is caused by malnutrition, which highly limited healthcare leaves difficult to treat.
For the same reason, less than a quarter of all children receive the basic round of immunisations at the critical age, leaving them vulnerable to preventable diseases such as measles and polio.
Vulnerable people suffer marginalisation
Women remain marginalised in Ogun, and throughout Nigerian society. Among women aged 15 to 49, literacy in Ogun state is 68%. With numerous family pressures incumbent on women, it can be hard for them to get on in life.
For example, women have an average of 5.4 children in Ogun, and as few as 13% aged 15-49 utilise contraception. Education about HIV/AIDS is lacking, and less than one in two women have a good awareness of how to protect themselves from it.
What do we do?
SOS Children began working in the Owu-Ijebu area of Ogun state in 1996. We provide care to children who have lost the care of their families, giving them a loving home with an SOS family in our Children's Village.
At our SOS nursery and primary school, they receive a quality education and are surrounded by other children from the Village, as well as many from the local community as well.
As they approach independence, they move up to our youth programme, where they get all the support they need to make the challenging transition into adult life. Vocational training or higher education enables them to develop personally and enhance their career prospects. They also move in to shared accommodation outside the Village, where they live with other young adults, and enjoy the full support of SOS staff.
Bringing essential services to local famileis
Our SOS Social Centre is at the heart of our community work, providing support to families in need of our help. We ensure children get healthcare and education, essential services that are luxuries for many Ogun families.
We also help families living with HIV/AIDS, offering financial support to relieve the burdens of rent and school fees, and providing clothes and food to those who need it.
Our work improves the lives of numerous families in Owu-Ijebu, and gives children with no one else another chance in life. You can be part of that work.