Save the Children works in 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

Save the Children has had a permanent presence in Nigeria since 2001, and is today a strong, recognized voice for children’s rights. We focus on health and nutrition, education, hunger and livelihoods, child rights governance and child protection. We work closely with partners to develop sustainable, replicable solutions to ensure that children receive decent basic necessities of life to reach their potential.

Working with partners, Save the Children reached 8,610,607 directly and an additional 14,246,801 indirectly through multi thematic programmes in 2013. This represents 800% increase in total reach compared to 2012, with a total expenditure of USD 16,929,428; a 30% increase from 2012. Five new projects were added to the country portfolio resulting in income growth and increased geographic coverage to 16 States in Nigeria.

Through our Advocacy and Campaign programmes, Save the Children, along with partners (including children) advocate for a wide variety issues that could have negative impact on children. In 2013, Save the Children, along with partners UNICEF, WHO, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) advocated for a review of the National Strategic Routine Immunization (RI) Plan (NSRIP). Advocacy for the National Health Bill through the Health Sector Coalition saw the bill presented for its third reading on the floor of the Nigerian Senate. A campaign on Exclusive Breast Feeding is also one of our key organizational agenda.


Timely response to healthcare, livelihood and protection needs of victims of conflict and natural disaster



Mr.Yusuf Muhammad

Cofounder and executive Director

is the Cofounder and executive Director of Cohort for Existential Emergency Relief. He is a graduate of Economics from the University of Maiduguri and a Candidate of Economics, with the same University. Yusuf is a seasoned banker, with a career spanning almost a decade in the banking sector. While still in the bank, he supervised and coordinated the payment of stipends for routine polio immunization for years. His interactions with those at the bottom of the pyramid in his community, instilled in him, passion and the drive to help others. In his spare time, he teaches an undergraduate course in Economics at the University of Maiduguri.

Mr.Mohammed Alhaji Mohammed

Cofounder and Program Director

is the Cofounder and Program Director of Cohort for Existential Emergency Relief. He is a graduate of Business Administration and also a post graduate candidate in Education. He had a five year stint in the banking sector. Just before his appointment, he was the program manager at National Youth Council of Nigeria, overseeing, the organizations partnership with World Food Program. He planned and executed the General Food Distribution (GFD) and the Blanket Supplementary Food Distribution (BSFP) for well over 10,000 beneficiaries. Recently, Mohammed presided over the seamless transition from IN-KIND to Cash Base Transfer (CBT) in partnership with the WFP.