CARE began work in Nigeria in 2017 in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the northeast conflict between Boko Haram, other non-state armed groups and the military. This conflict is characterized by armed violence, suicide attacks, abductions and sexual violence. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, over 4000 women and girls have been abducted, and over 2.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes.
Now in its tenth year, the situation in the northeast remains extremely critical with the number of people in need of urgent assistance rising from 7.9 million at the beginning of 2020 to 10.6 million since the onset of COVID-19.
CARE is currently active in the 2 worst hit states in the northeast (Borno and Yobe) and in some of the most hard to reach areas. CARE also works in Bauchi and Jigawa States in the northwest with a strong focus on women’s economic empowerment through its flagship Village Savings and Loan Model.
CARE’s key programs are in Food Nutrition, Security & Livelihoods, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response and Women’s Economic Empowerment.