A volunteer for an NGO with a relief package

Before delving into the focus of this article, there is a need to give a breakdown of what an NGO means and what it entails. These are provided below;

– NGO is simply the acronym for Non-Governmental Organisation.

– Most NGOs are independent of the government

– There are over millions of NGOs in the present global world

– NGOs can be national or international

– Made up of people with a common interest

– Works towards positive growth and development of society.

– NGOs in Nigeria to be legally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

– Provision of services free of charge to people, such as legal support and humanitarian aid.

Here are the top 5 NGOs to look out for in 2023

1. Tony Elumelu Foundation

2. The CLEEN Foundation

3. Rehoboth Foundations

4. Breast Cancer Association Of Nigeria(BRECAN)

5. Organized Centre for Empowerment and Advocacy in Nigeria (OCEAN)

1. Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is founded by Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu CFR, a Nigerian philanthropist, entrepreneur and economist. The Foundation which was established in 2010 has the aim of building African entrepreneurs and unlocking the continent’s economic potential. In actualizing this, the focus is placed on African entrepreneurs. In other words, entrepreneur empowerment promotes the idea of leadership and the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has its headquarters in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Consequently, in past years, TEF has invested in and carried out programmes and a lot of success stories have been recorded. Some of the past programmes of the foundation are;

  • The Blair Elumelu Fellowship Programme (BEFP)
  • The Mtanga Farms Investment
  • The Elumelu Legacy Prize

For years to come, the foundation will embark on providing support for African entrepreneurs. Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme 2023 for African Entrepreneurs.

2. The CLEEN Foundation

If you are mentioning top non-governmental organizations concerned with security and justice for the public in Africa, the CLEEN Foundation would definitely top the list. The CLEEN Foundation was formerly known as The Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEE). It was founded in the year 1998, in Nigeria.
CLEEN receives both national and international support from donor agencies, corporate bodies, the government and other foundations. With the right team and staff, CLEEN is able to carry out research, community-based projects, publications, programmes, and work towards achieving the organisational objectives.

Furthermore, the NGO has its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. The CLEEN is legally registered as a non-governmental organization with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission.

Some of the projects of the foundation are;

  • The Project on Mobility and Security Challenges in West Africa
  • Project Monitoring the Criminal Justice Administration Reform Process in Nigeria
  • Election Security Management Project

3. Rehoboth Foundation

Being a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, this foundation is one which carries out charity based on love. Not just any kind of love, but the Biblical principle of love which guides their activities on catering for the less privileged. An NGO is one that is made up of people with common interests; so it is not a big deal to find out that the Rehoboth Foundation is made up of principled men and women who are also God-fearing.

Some of the objectives of the Rehoboth Foundation are;

  • To provide charitable and emergency aid and financial support for poor children to attend school
  • Obtain economic empowerment, encourage skill acquisition
  • Provision of medical and vocational materials
  • Organize programmes, and seminars and carry out other activities to fulfil all the objectives of the foundation.

4. Breast Cancer Association Of Nigeria(BRECAN)

The founder of the Breast Cancer Association Of Nigeria (BRECAN) is Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu. Just like most Nigerian NGOs, the foundation was established in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria in the year 1997.
The major start of the foundation is to create and improve breast cancer awareness, for a healthy society. Breast Cancer is a form of deadly cancer which affects the cells in the breast. The founder, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, also happens to be a survivor of breast cancer.

Moreover, as a top and leading non-governmental organization, BRECAN is on a mission to engage persons and bodies in taking part in programmes, research, advocacy, projects and activities. All these are with the task of eliminating this disease in African and international society.

Some of the strategic programmes of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) are;

  • Cancer Survivors Month (Month of July)
  • Jog for Life (Holds in the month of October)
  • World Cancer Day (held in the month of February)
  • BRECAN Anniversary and BRECAN Breast Cancer Symposium:
  • Global Breast Cancer Awareness Out-Reach

5. Organized Centre for Empowerment and Advocacy in Nigeria (OCEAN)

This Nigeria non-governmental organization was established in the year 2005 and is primarily located in Jos, Nigeria. The NGO has the vision to exist as a leading centre which boosts community development, works through advocacy, promotes innovations, and sufficient capacity-building services and promotes sustainable livelihood. There are also objectives of the NGO such as; building political education and providing political support, empowering community young men and women and promoting gender equity.

Talking about the achievements of the NGO, it has successfully increased political participation and representation of women, strengthening women politicians at all levels and promoting recognition of gender equity.

Some of the projects of the NGO are;

  • Fight Against Hate Speech (FAS) Campaign
  • Financial support and Training of 500 IDPs in Riyom

In essence, these NGOs stand primarily as beneficial programs to help the less privileged, to fight for human rights, alleviate poverty, pay attention to the environment, provide legal support and carry out other functions in their different capacities. A lot is certainly to be expected of these NGOs in the year 2023.

Here is a list of other notable NGOs already existing in Nigeria




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