Hope for the Village Child Foundation began its work in Chikun Local Government in 1994, though it only got its official name in 1996 when it was registered with the Kaduna State Government. It was founded by Mrs. Margaret Mama as a response to the lack of schools and primary health care in areas in proximity to the Jacaranda Farm, Pottery and Restaurant, a primary occupation of the Mama Family. Mrs. Mama managed the organization until the year 2000 when she and her husband, Dr. Eli B. Mama, returned to England. By that time HVCF, as we now know it, was involved in primary health care, assisting communities with school facilities and water wells, and caring for children affected by rickets. (click here for full history)
In the intervening years since then, Hope for the Village Child Foundation has extended its outreach in health in a variety of forms. Among them are laboratory services, development of community health workers and special programmes for various illnesses. Though the primary target of the organization is children, as the name implies, it is not possible to care for children without mothers, and indeed without fathers. Hence the extension of work in to areas such as women’s development and agriculture.
As an NGO, the organization exists to complement the efforts of government. This makes it mandatory that the organization works with communities to develop their skills in advocating for their rights from the government. As a corollary to this, the organization also collaborates with the government in ways that will enhance the dignity of the rural communities.
Hope for the Village Child has as its governing body a Board of Trustees who have legal responsibility for the organization. They meet three times a year, and hold an annual general meeting with all association members and members of staff. They receive regular reports from the Management of the organization.
Ex officio members of the Board are representatives of the Sa Gbagyi I, Adom Adara and the District Head of Kujama (the district in which the organization has its base). The management team attend Board meetings as requested to give input on any matter that arises that merits their attention. The Director of the organisation acts as the immediate Secretary to the Board for all meetings, but is not an official member of the Board of Trustees.