Community Care in Nigeria (CCN)

Category 2

Community Care in Nigeria (CCN) is a 3-year programme that aims to improve the quality of life of 12,500 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in eight States in Nigeria. The programme is implemented by Christian Aid working through 24 partners, 14 of which are Support Groups and 6 Dioceses and 4 NGOs and the Association of Women with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN).

Goal of the Practice
  • Scale --up OVC service provision in eight Nigerian States (including FCT, Edo, Anambra, Adamawa, Lagos, Benue, Kano and Niger) and develop the capacity of local NGOs who can support community organizations.
  • Develop a community and family-based approach to enable communities to design and implement their own OVC protection and care.
  • Create an enabling environment for OVC which will ensure that services continue to be provided after the close out of the program.
  • Contribute to the development of networks of learning that can develop best practice for OVC work and stimulate the expansion of quality HIV related service.
Core Components
  • Economic strengthening through community based Savings and Loans Association (SLAs) to provide households with a method for saving, obtaining small loans and access to financial support for group 'self-help projects.'
  • Psychosocial support: Children (5-12 years old) can access support through Kids Clubs which operates a range of activities designed to support children overcome trauma and reintegrate with their peers. Carers are also trained to provide 'one on one' psychosocial support for children in their care.
  • Food and Nutrition: Caregivers are taught how to use local diets to maximum nutritional advantage, particularly for children and those living with HIV, and are supported to initiate improved food production techniques.
  • Health and Educational support: 1) Adolescents in Youth Clubs are provided with reproductive health education; referral linkages to local clinical services and direct support for emergency health cases. 2.) Access to education for OVC through negotiation and advocacy with local educational authorities and provision of direct support to schools and in some cases support for individuals with regards to their educational needs.
  • Protection: OVC Protection Committees (comprising of local stakeholders) offer a means of monitoring, reporting and taking action for cases of abuse or exploitation. Focused action addressing the eradication of stigma and discrimination in communities is also tackled.
Noteworthy Results
  • 11,875 OVC are being reached with services; 7305 are benefitting more than three services, while 4,570 are benefitting two or less services.
  • There are 145 Savings and Loans Associations, 130 Kids Clubs and 126 Youth Clubs already established.
  • Over 50 partner staff and 80 community-based facilitators have been trained in various technical areas of OVC programming.
  • 62.4% of project communities are benefitting from protection schemes.
  • 77% (4,009) OVC households are currently benefitting from Savings and Loans Associations.
Lessons Learned
  • Mobilizing OVC guardians into SLA holds great potential for the economic strengthening sector and beyond -- SLAs now form the backbone of CCN.
  • Community-based psychosocial and child protection intervention work and at a low cost.
  • By creating win -- win opportunities at community level, you gain support for OVC care and support interventions e.g. performance-based self-help projects for guardians.
  • Modification of livelihood and food security interventions is essential to ensure that specialized support is directed at the most vulnerable OVC households and OVC.
Focus Areas
Care and Support
Implemented By
Christian Aid
Participating Organization
Association of Women with HIV in Nigeria (ASWHAN)
Target Population
  • Adults (over 18)
  • Adolescents (ages 13-17)
  • Children (ages 2-12)
  • Males
  • Females
  • People Living with HIV (PLWH)
10000 - 25000
Implementation Years
05/2007 - 05/2010