Famine worsened by insurgents
6.2 million people are in need of water, hygiene and sanitation
2.2 million people have been displaced in Borno State, in the north-east of the country
500,000 in Borno state are facing a situation of severe food insecurity
99,209 people helped


The usurgent group Boko Haram has been plaguing the most populated country in Africa since 2009, causing massive displacement among those who live there.

These people are now crammed into camps outside major cities like Maiduguri and Monguno.
This regional conflict is now hitting the north-east state of Borno equally hard. Everything has to be re-built so that people can return to live there. Some people are still unable to return to their homes, and are forced to stay in camps where we must continue to cover their basic necessities.
With many displaced people returning to their homeland comes a new set of problems. In July 2016, the Nigerian government declared a state of nutritional emergency in Borno State, where 50,000 displaced people and local community members are facing a food insecurity crisis. Several million people are also without sufficient drinking water, aggravating the nutritional crisis, particularly among the most vulnerable, such as children under five.

  • 178.5 million inhabitants
  • 62,6% poverty rate
  • 152nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2016
  • Team 15 international staff
    68 national staff
  • Budget €1.6 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL offers its services in Borno State, in the towns of Maiduguri and Monguno. Our teams are trying to combat malnutrition that particularly affects children under the age of five. They are installing sanitation and water treatment systems in health and nutrition centres. They are repairing and renovating water points, building latrines and treating household water. People are then able to access clean drinking water and enjoy decent hygiene conditions. This work is designed to curtail malnutrition, which is endemic in the region.

Lastly, cholera is another very real threat affecting northern Nigeria. Because an epidemic – when added to the high malnutrition rates – would have catastrophic consequences, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has implemented a preventative solution, largely through hygiene awareness-raising campaigns.


European Union (ECHO), OFDA, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

82,100 people helped

– Providing health and nutrition centres with water treatment and purification infrastructure
– Rehabilitation of water sources
– Construction of latrines
– Water treatment


Cholera response

82,100 beneficiaries

– Hygiene promotion campaigns
– Emergency intervention plan in case of cholera epidemics

food security

Food security

– Distribution of food coupons
– Training in income generating activities

Should you have any questions, please contact Cristina Thevenot.

Cristina Thevenot


At head office