AVSI Foundation is an Italian NGO that has supported underprivileged communities in developing countries since 1972. It has been working in Nigeria since 1988 on education and health programmes designed for women and children at risk, particularly in communities with large minority populations. The Nigerian office has 20 employees and 45 volunteers. They provide support for 3 schools (with nearly 1,500 pupils) as well as 4 clinics.
The Sedjiro community in Nigeria is a poor fishing community that has been forced to move several times over the past twenty years. In partnership with a local NGO, The Seed, AVSI Foundation supports this community by helping it find land near the capital city, Lagos, where it can relocate and become settled. The association helped build a school and a medical centre on this land.
With the support of the Air Liquide Foundation, AVSI Foundation is renovating the school's 10 classrooms, which are used by 360 pupils and 13 teachers. AVSI Foundation pays for school supplies as well as the teachers' salaries.
In addition to the renovated classrooms, new activities to benefit children and their families will be developed: