Our Mission & Vision
Our Mission is to be a foundation with the sole aim of providing approaches that are sustainable in improving the well-being of the less privileged.
Our vision is to create a society free from inequalities in order to attain a good and peaceful living for all.
How We Got Started
A mother, who taught us that giving is better than keeping, sharing is better than holding, and most importantly helping those in need is a key to a world of harmony.
While growing up, I have always wanted to make a difference in the world, I have always wondered how I could make a positive impact in the lives of the less privileged especially orphans and vulnerable children who have no one to care for them and show them love and compassion.
Five years ago while the Boko-haram insurgents were still raining terror in the Northern states of Nigeria, I volunteered to help some orphans in a children’s home set up by a New-Zealander (Fiona Lovatt ) in Kano, I was helping with health, pedicure, and manicure, literacy, and numeracy in English and general knowledge. From there I saw the need to do more and therefore started thinking of how to reach out to more children and vulnerable people around. I was brought to Maiduguri the center of the whole crisis and assaults by the Boko-haram insurgents, I saw pain and hardship like non-I’ve seen before and therefore decided to start up a foundation that will help make life easier for the IDP’s, orphans, and vulnerable children.
I went back to Kano and scouted for a good writer, a manager, and other volunteers that might help kick-start the project, the foundation was successfully registered on 20th September 2019.
We began with a project known as Almajiri Transformation Agenda, I wanted to show the world how the less privileged are vulnerable and most likely to become insurgents themselves if no one comes to their aid, with education there is a high possibility of solving the problem before it happens, we engaged in feeding programs, lectures and seminars. I went on to write a book “ Almajiri Leap to Learn” which was to serve as a manual that would guide the Almajiri child to modern education.
We went on to repairing boreholes as a means of providing water to poor communities and a way of sustainable agriculture and food security in poor communities, we tried to bring hope back to their hearts by empowering them with small business grants, we helped them with tents and books for education, paid for medical emergencies and medications, and sent some of their children back to school as a scholarship program.
SAFE foundation as a local NGO partnered with Lovatt foundation to manage the children’s home in Maiduguri, providing all the necessary help possible to safeguard and nourish the lives of Orphans and vulnerable children, there are more orphans out there and there is a high need for help. We look forward to expanding and taking in more children and giving them a home.
Where We Are Now
We are at a point where the need to expand is necessary. For the children within our care to be settled and excelling academically and morally, we are certain the methodologies we use are effective and positive. For water and hygiene, we see the need to move to a more efficient method by using a solar energy system to pump the water rather than using the children as plumbing.
Learn more about SAFE foundation in this video interview
In this video Amanda (one of the volunteer teachers) is asking Abubakar (Co-founder of SAFE foundation) about SAFE foundation and their projects.
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Knowledge base and FAQs
What is a borehole?
A borehole is a narrow shaft bored in the ground, either vertically or horizontally. A borehole may be constructed for many different purposes, including the extraction of water.
How much does it cost to repair or put in a new borehole?
On average, repairing a borehole costs $50-$100 while borehole drilling can cost between $750 to $2000 depending on some core factors and location.
What are SAFE's other projects?
Apart from WASH, OVC care and support, trees, and zero plastic, we also help in health care where we visit hospitals to settle bills, donate food or blood, pay for surgeries or buy medications for the poor who cannot afford it.
How can I send gifts to the children?
Postal service is the only reliable method currently.
What does it cost to sponsor an orphan child?
On average it costs $100 a month for feeding, clothing, education, and all other necessities a child might need in this part of the world.
How much is a scholarship for out of school children?
An average of $50 a child per term for school uniform, books, sandals, socks, feeding, and probably transportation.
How long have you been running this?
We have been running charity programs for over 10 years, it became compulsory for all charitable organizations to register with the Government and we registered in 2019.
Can I pay for teachers if I can't teach?
Yes, we value education and we welcome any support we can get to ensure learning continues.