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Our Top Mission...

is to put a smile on every child's face


Liberated Rural Communities


To work with rural communities to promote a life of dignity and justice for all, especially children


Commitment is an essential value of HVCF. This commitment involves the willingness to travel to hard-to-reach rural areas; to wake in the night to deliver babies; to return again and again to a community to ensure that a proposed development initiative takes off; to take time in evenings, on weekends or whenever it is most suitable to meet a community; to reach out to children who are neglected or have special needs. It involves, in a word, being committed to each person and group with the hope for their continued growth and development.

While there are many plans and programmes that can be developed, none of these can be successful unless there is genuine care for those being served. This is seen manifested in many different ways, both directly with people and also in ensuring that proper care in taken in planning, carrying out and reporting accurately what has been achieved.

Respect is core to all development work. This includes respect for all those whom one meets or with whom one works, in any manner whatsoever. It also includes respect for the earth and all the gifts of creation.

Resources are not inexhaustible. It is therefore necessary that all resources, whether material, financial or intangible, be used as effectively as possible.

The organization is willing to share with all interested persons all aspects of the work it carries out. This type of accountability is due to those who share their own resources with the organization as well as the communities or individuals with whom the organization works directly.

Development work is dynamic and cannot be fitted into a defined perimeter. Flexibility is essential to be able to meet changing circumstances as they arise.

Born in Africa

A little bit about us

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 was able to set up the NGO, which was involved in primary health care, assisting communities with school facilities and water wells, and caring for children affected by rickets. (For more history, go here.) She managed the organization until the year 2000 when she and her husband, Dr. Eli B. Mama, returned to England. By that time Hope for the Village Child was well established. Mrs. Mama had also received some funding toward a permanent clinic on the site donated by Dr. and Mrs. Mama. From the gift the organization has grown to what it is today.

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We espouse the following ethical principles:
Primacy of People

Development is a humanizing process, built on the belief that people themselves have the power to transform their lives with the help of others, not by domination. People are the subjects, not objects of development.

People Include Women

Women are to be seen as equal partners to the men in development. Culturally specific resources must be made available to both.

Spontaneity as Opposed to Fixed Objectives

It is not possible to put life into a box. Allow for unexplained qualitative changes, and celebrate surprises.

We Are Never Alone

Every action, every movement, every idea has a corresponding effect on something else. It is important for development workers to ever keep that in mind.

Autonomy Rather Than Control

As much as possible, responsibility should be invested in the people. Allow people to have freedom to choose; do not try to control or manipulate their response.

Structural as Well as Physical

There must be a clear understanding that there are structural causes underlying under-development. These must be analysed and details must be taken into account so that factors militating against participation can be recognized.

People’s Knowledge

The knowledge of the people is equally as important as the ‘experts’ knowledge. There is a relationship between knowledge and power, and development must be sensitively done so as not to be hijacked by the ‘professionals’.

Development is Long-Term as Opposed to Short-Term

Looking for immediate results can destroy development because development is organic.

Local Action as Opposed to Local Response

Encourage people to determine their actions rather than only respond to directed action. Encourage them to be proactive rather than reactive.

The Earth is Worthy of Supreme Respect

We get our life from the earth. All development must consider its effect on the earth.

Resources are Gifts for the Future

Resources are given in trust, whether from the earth or from within the human community. Therefore respect for all that is given is a high priority. They are the gifts passed on to the future.

Youth are the Future

The well-known proverb states that we do not inherit from the past but we borrow from the future. With that in mind, we encourage the development of the inherent gifts of children and youth in order that they may have a fulfilling future.

Our Achievements

In 2016 (January-October)

Children and adults were dewormed
Children received assistance for school fees and other expenses
Children had surgery for rickets correction and removal of implants
Rural dwellers were given cards indicating blood type and genotype

No amount of help is ever too little

At Hope for the Village Child foundation we are always glad and appreciative of any help given. You would be surprised by what your little bit can achieve.