FAQs

I have more questions.

For any further inquiries, Please call our supporter care hotline; 07007070700 or send an email to communitysponsorship.nigeria@actionaid.org .

How can I make my donation?

There are several online and offline options for making donations to our community sponsorship initiative.
To make an online donation, please visit www.actionaid-ngr.org and click the ‘Donate now’ button to make your donation.

 

Alternatively you can set up a monthly/annual direct debit or monthly/annual standing order to make a direct donation to the community sponsorship account. Please call 07007070700 or send an email to communitysponsorship.nigeria@actionaid.org to receive our banking information.

 

You are also welcome to give a cash donation or cheque. To find out where to make a cash donation or send a cheque, please call 07007070700 or email communitysponsorship.nigeria@actionaid.org

 

Others ways of making donations.
Bank to Bank Transfer:
If you would like to do a transfer from your account to the Community Sponsorship account, please be sure to type in the correct account details- ActionAid Nigeria Community Sponsorship, 2024080600, First Bank. Once the transfer is completed, kindly call any of our dedicated supporter hotline on 07007070700 to provide your contact info, so we can welcome you into the ActionAid global community, or you can simply send us an e-mail via Communitysponsorship.Nigeria@actionaid.org

 

Cheque/Cash Deposit:
If you wish to participate by paying in cash or cheque at any first bank branch, please kindly fill in the correct details and once completed, kindly call our dedicated supporter hotline on 07007070700 to provide your contact info, so we can welcome you into the global network of ActionAid, Or you can simply send us an e-mail via Communitysponsorship.Nigeria@actionaid.org

 

Direct Debit/Standing Order:
To set up a standing order, depending on your bank, you may either visit any of the branches of your bank, or set up a standing order online. For further information on how to go about this, please kindly call our dedicated supporter hotline on 07007070700 to provide your contact info, so we can welcome you into the global network of ActionAid, Or you can simply send us an e-mail via Communitysponsorship.Nigeria@actionaid.org

What is the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to poverty eradication?

The ‘Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)’ to poverty eradication means that we focus on protecting and fulfilling the human rights of poor and excluded people as the best way of eradicating poverty and injustice.

 

By incorporating a ‘Human Rights’ training element into all our community interventions, community members are sensitized about their rights and taught how to demand them from local authorities. The end result is that they are able to effectively hold these local authorities to account.

 

So by building local organisations of rights holders, and linking these organisations into networks, platforms, alliances and movements at the local, national and international levels, we help build a broad and powerful movement for change.

 

We take this approach because we believe poverty exists only because people have been denied certain basic rights such as the right to education, health or even food. Most of all, we believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities.

 

ActionAid is merely a catalyst for that change!

How is ActionAid different from other NGO’s?

Some of the main distinguishing factors of ActionAid include our head office being located in South Africa as it is important to us that the people whose lives we support and who we work with feel connected to us; having a ‘bottom up’ approach to decision making; and taking a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to the eradication of poverty.

 

The ‘Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)’ to poverty eradication means that we focus on protecting and fulfilling the human rights of poor and excluded people as the best way of eradicating poverty and injustice.

 

By incorporating a ‘Human Rights’ training element into all our community interventions, community members are sensitized about their rights and taught how to demand them from local authorities. The end result is that they are able to effectively hold these local authorities to account.

 

So by building local organisations of rights holders, and linking these organisations into networks, platforms, alliances and movements at the local, national and international levels, we help build a broad and powerful movement for change.

How do I know my donations will get to those who need it?

ActionAid prides itself on being a truly transparent and accountable organisation. We have both a local and global reputation for this. Our accounts in Nigeria are audited by Ernst & Young and by virtue of our ‘Open Information Policy’, any concerned citizen is free to request a copy of the community sponsorship account to see how your money is being spent.

 

In terms of how each Naira you donate is spent; 70% goes directly to the community, 20% is reinvested into raising more funds while 10% is allocated to covering all administrative costs connected with the initiative.

How long does the sponsorship go on for?

Sponsorship is completely voluntary and goes on only for as long as each donor is willing and able to sustain the amounts they have selected.

 

However, we do implore potential donors such as yourself to keep your donations up for a minimum one year period as not only are we keen to maintain partnerships with people that are genuinely concerned about putting an end to poverty in the midst of plenty, but we also want to achieve real and measurable impact in our community interventions and regular donations are key to achieving this, as opposed to one off donations that we cannot rely on or plan around.

Can I decide on the specific community that I want my donations to reach?

Our aim is to be as unbiased as possible in the way we select communities for intervention. In selecting communities for intervention, we are guided by criteria set out in our Partnership Against Poverty Policies & Procedures Manual that uses indicators which include access to health (health services, infant mortality and nutritional status), education (enrolments, literacy levels, and gender disparities), vulnerability in relation to conflict, access to water & sanitation, and prevalence and incidences of HIV and AIDS.

Why is regular giving important to ActionAid?

Regular giving is a great way to support ActionAid. It helps us plan and deliver our work more effectively in helping to improve the lives of excluded people through long-term development programmes.

 

It also provides a unique opportunity for ordinary Nigerians to partake in the development of the country through an organisation that has both a local and global reputation for displaying the highest levels of transparency and accountability.

 

By making regular donations, you are taking joint ownership of serious attempts at resolving some of the intractable issues currently affecting our country and ensuring our interventions deliver real impact and are sustainable over the long term.

What will I receive?

You will receive a welcome pack from us which includes a branded ‘I sponsor a Nigerian Community’ sticker that you can put on your car or anywhere else that you please.

 

In addition you will also receive the following;

  • Welcome letter signed personally by the Country Director of ActionAid in Nigeria.
  • One start-up report detailing prevalent issues in the communities where we are working and what we have done and are doing to combat these issues.
  • Two bi-annual reports highlighting how your donations are helping to create lasting change in the communities we are working with.

How does it work?

To start a regular (monthly/annual) donation, all you need to do is click the ‘Sponsor a Community’ button. If you prefer offline options such as setting up a direct debit, standing order, doing a bank to bank transfer or even sending a cheque, please call our dedicated supporter line on 07007070700 or email us via communitysponsorship.nigeria@actionaid.org

 

Your donations are then used to increase our interventions up from over 620 communities where we are currently delivering projects relating to Governance, Education, Health, Women and Child rights, Food rights, Conflict and Human Security, to reach as many other communities as possible.

 

We want to reach ALL communities in Nigeria that require our support and your donations are key to achieving this.

Can I send gifts like my old clothes, food stuff etc?’

We respect our target groups and strive to protect their self esteem as much as possible as we believe that poverty exists because people have been denied certain basic rights. From our experience, we know that the people we work with don’t want to be sitting on their hands and waiting for handouts. We believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. We therefore focus on building their collective capacities to demand for their rights and by so doing empower themselves and their communities

Can I Decide On The Specific Community I Want Me Donation To Reach

Our aim is to be as unbiased as possible in the way we select communities for intervention. In selecting communities for intervention, we are guided by criteria set out in our Partnership Against Poverty Policies & Procedures Manual that uses indicators which include access to health (health services, infant mortality and nutritional status), education (enrolments, literacy levels, and gender disparities), vulnerability in relation to conflict, access to water & sanitation, and prevalence and incidences of HIV and AIDS.

Are There Limits To How Much I Can Donate

While there is no upper limit, the minimum donation is N2,000.00/month (equivalent to approximately £8.00 or $13.00/month) as this is the least amount that will cover logistics cost and the anticipated impact of the donation on the selected communities.

What is community sponsorship?

Community Sponsorship© is a platform through which to make regular (monthly/annual) donations in a structured way in support of ActionAid’s work of lifting the most  impoverished and excluded communities across the country out of poverty.

It is much like the regular giving programs that are in existence in countries such as the UK, Brazil and India (just to mention a few), where people voluntarily make small monthly contributions in support of charitable causes that they identify with.

At ActionAid, we believe Nigerians themselves can support people living in some of the most excluded communities out of poverty and create a more balanced and secure society for us all.

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