As a follow up to the last post, this quick post is to help equip you, as readers, in practically living out what was written, and encouraged in this post.
A lot of the time, money– or another physical contribution– is one of the most valuable things we can give, especially in a fight that includes poverty, and extreme physical need. But, it is sometimes difficult to choose a target for a donation, that is reputable, financially accountable, and actively working in the region one feels led to give to.
After much prayer, and searching, I have found a couple of non-profits that are working directly in Nigeria, and/or especially pertaining to the Boko Haram insurgency, all for Jesus’ glory. Praying that this blesses you as you choose where to give, Here it is:
Founded in 1970 by a man named Dr. Robert Finley, Christian Aid Mission focuses on supporting missionaries, ministries, and churches that are already in places where there are few, and/or persecuted, Christians– especially in nations where foreign missionaries are unwelcome, or cannot legally enter. While Charity Navigator cannot rate them due to not being required “ to file the full IRS Form 990,” they claim to have extensive ethical and financial accountability (learn more here). They are working to both help Christian ministries in Nigeria flourish, as well as to help those suffering because of Boko Haram. Support native African missionaries, and the persecuted African Church through Christian Aid Mission, here.
- THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN-AMERICANS (CANAN)
This association is not a non-profit, full of volunteers, necessarily, but rather is an association of Nigerians that have moved to America. This association “call [called] for donations for a fund set up to help survivors – both Christian and Muslim – [to] access medical care, enough food and education.” The Organization’s President, James Fadele, has said, concerning this fundraising, ‘If backers of terrorists are releasing the money to perpetuate the acts of terror, supporters of and advocates of peace can no longer look the other way’” (source). This fundraising happened in 2013, and I have sent out an email to their association, asking if they are doing any ground work/supporting any ground work, as of 2016 (I will update, as needed.) Further support their endeavor to help these survivors by donating, here.
Since the early 2000’s, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has aided numerous farmers, local non-profits, and catholic churches in the Niger and Nigeria region. More recently, CRS has increased its aid to those displaced by Boko Haram in the region, especially in Diffa, Niger (source).
Working with Niger’s local non-profits like Demi-E, CRS has provided clean drinking water, as well as access to food through food vouchers, to hundreds of displaced peoples in the region of Niger and Chad.
Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Bishops’ international aid and development agency, aims to “to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching” by helping aid in disaster relief, as well as encouraging and supplying third-world communities with the resources to “achieve their full potential.”
Catholic Relief Services have come under fire in recent months, being accused of going against traditional catholic teachings, such as prohibiting the use of birth control, and collaborating with secular charities and non-profits to achieve the giving of aid, globally. Catholic Relief Services have replied to these accusations, in this webpage— and affirm that while they do work with “secular” organizations to give aid, they do not participate in projects or causes with secular organizations that go against catholic values (source).
While many core doctrines of Catholicism focus on earning one’s salvation, by good works (which is completely unbiblical: Ephesians 2:5), there are many Catholic Christians, who have been saved, by faith, through grace, and have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9). Catholic Relief Services supports, and supplies, millions of Christian Catholics (and people, in general), with the resources to give in a reputable, and financially responsible way, to those in this disaster who need it most. Learn more about what CRS is doing in Nigeria, here, and how you can donate to the cause, here.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH/IN NIGERIA
While these organizations are not Christian, they are reputable charities currently helping those displaced by Boko Haram.
- ALIMA (THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION)
The Alliance for International Medical Action is a highly productive nonprofit, founded in 2009, with its headquarters in Senegal. Dedicated to eradicating treatable diseases within Africa, ALIMA has created 10 research projects in progressive medicine, partnering with other nonprofits and those on the ground in crisis areas to provide cutting-edge medical relief, primarily for malnourished and otherwise ill individuals (source).
ALIMA has worked in IDP camps in Northern Nigeria, specifically helping those who are malnourished. To read more about ALIMA, and help out their nonprofit, click here.
- MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES (DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS)
This humanitarian organization is dedicated to “delivers [delivering] emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.” It was created in Paris, in 1971, and now has 21 sections, 24 associations and various other offices, all overseen by MSF International, in Switzerland (source).
MSF has provided numerous cases of maternal and child healthcare, but they have also provided psychological and psychosocial healthcare to those suffering in the displacement camps of Chad, a country directly northeast of Nigeria (source).
To read more about the services MSF provides, and to donate to their cause, click here.
Thank you, for reading and praying! Praise Jesus for you! 🙂
“Dear Father God,
I praise you, Father, for the community of people, here, who both read, and pray, over the requests written, here.
As these men and women are led, by Your Holy Spirit, to give for the cause of those caught up in the Boko Haram insurgency, specifically those in IDP Camps, the Church there, and those otherwise affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, I pray that You would bless their hearts with remembering all that You have done, for them.
Dear Father God, Thank You for giving all, Father God, so that we might have a Personal, Saving, relationship with You! I pray that, in view of Your Kindness, You would search our hearts, and show us anything keeping us from a closer, richer, more beautiful relationship with You (Romans 2).
Bless them, today, Father God.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,