The South West Region (Cork and Kerry) is twinned with NIGERIA and together they have formed a close spiritual connection offering friendship and support to one another.
The projects operated by the SVP in Nigeria and supported by the South West region have the primary goal of alleviating poverty and aiding people to become self- sufficient.
Adeola is a sixteen-year-old girl whose parents died of HIV leaving her and her two younger brothers to fend for themselves.
Through the assistance of the local SVP Conference in her village Adeola has been able to finish her education and keep her family together.
Without the help of SVP in Ireland and Nigeria Adeola’s life would be very different.
CASSAVA PROCESSING MACHINES
Throughout the years the purchase of cassava processing machines in many areas in Nigeria have been funded from Ireland. Cassava or Yuca is one of the most nutrient-rich root vegetables and is the staple diet for people in Nigeria.
However, it can take time to process and requires a special machine to breakdown this fibrous vegetable.These can cost up to €1,000 to buy.The SVP in many villages have bought machines and charge a small fee for locals to use them.This allows locals to become self-sufficient and in turn the monies raised go towards helping those in need.
In the rural town of Owerri there is an elderly couple, Inoma and Sarima who make soap and sell it to the local villagers.This couple belong to a local SVP Conference. Once the couple sell the soap they use the money to restock their supplies, and what is left over goes to help those less fortunate in their community.They have been able to help and support up to 40 families with the money raised. So not only are they providing themselves with an income they are giving vital support to people who may otherwise not eat for days on end.
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For further information:
South West Region
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Ozanam House, 2 Tuckey Street, Cork
Tel: 021 427 0444