P u t t i n g F a i t h I n t o A c t i o n S i n c e 1 9 5 9 Transforming Neglected Communities: WME Projects in Nigeria
“Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring Thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins… O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in Thee.” – Psalm 25:16-20
Dear WME Partners and Supporters,
NIGERIA is a nation of over 200 million people who have been marred by corruption and domestic unrest for decades. Divisions based on ethnicity and religion have left deep wounds within the country. And in early 2021, things seem to be getting worse.
The majority of Nigerians live in poverty. Recent recessions have led to an unemployment rate of 33.3%. That adds pressure on families in a place where food costs have increased more than 20% yearoveryear. Poverty is the main reason more than one third of Nigerian children have never been enrolled in school. Children adrift with no prospects often become angry and destructive. And that helps further fan the flames of violent behavior.
To extract money from families or organizations, kidnap for ransom is a common gang practice. Increasingly, Christian clergy are being targeted. Not surprisingly, Nigeria is near the top of the places where Christians are murdered for their faith.
Due at least in part to extreme poverty and vulnerability, religious extremists are using terror to increase territory and dominance in the northern and the middle belt of the nation. This violence has left thousands dead or injured, with many more displaced. Schools, churches, homes and crops have been destroyed. News headlines describe the kidnappings of schoolaged children who are forced into marriage or paramilitary units. Sadly, the Nigerian government seems unable or unwilling to bring those behind these acts to justice. Hopelessness and violence haunt almost everyone.
This small stream is where this child and many others obtain water for cooking and drinking. This community needs a well.
EVEN FACING ALL THESE OVERWHELMING ISSUES, WE ARE DETERMINED TO DO THINGS FOR NEGLECTED COMMUNITIES AND SUFFERING CHILDREN. Our WME National Director over Nigeria has initiated key projects where Christian leaders can and will turn the tide of darkness attacking their beloved country and its people.
The first of these projects is to bring safe, clean water to impoverished communities. In EHOM and BETEM, the government has neglected meeting this basic need, and the rocky terrain makes it too expensive for the residents to dig a water borehole themselves. The villages of IKOT INYANG and USUNG ITIAT also have a lack of potable water. Where possible, each community's well will be positioned near a Christian church that will maintain the well after it is dug and see that all who come receive free water.
Even small wells like this one impact scores of lives. Safe water improves community health while providing resources for ecomonic improvment.
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In Idang, the WME project centers around Food For Hunger. Residents have lowpaying jobs that make it difficult to feed their families. The result is children who are hungry and malnourished. Our plan is to start a local
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