Investing in children is also wise from an economic perspective. Improvements in child health and survival can also foster more balanced population dynamics. Millennium Development Goals are important to the survival and wellbeing of children, MDGs 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8, as well as MDG 4, have targets that directly affect children’s health. Progress in the areas targeted by these goals could have a dramatic effect on the lives and prospects of children.

 

 In rural northern Nigeria, children are the most vulnerable groups. Apart from being survivors of high childhood mortality, thousands of children in remote rural villages lack access to essential health care, basic education and protection. Hundreds of children loiter the streets and villages as destitutes, completely deprived of parental protection. Mortality rates for children in these hard to reach villages are much higher than the already poor national average. Many children still bear the residual signs of the same diseases that were responsible for the death of hundreds of their peers.

As an organization working directly at the community level, PSJ understands the extreme vulnerability and developmental challenges faced by children in this region. That is why we are working hard with community stakeholders to give these children a chance to at life, through our Integrated Health and Education Project (IHEP).

Through our education initiative, we are also working to increase enrollment rate for boys and girls residing in rural villages and communities in Mashegu LGA. PSJ teams travel to remote rural areas to conduct grassroots advocacy and community dialogues with community leaders to sensitize them on the vital importance of sending their children to school. Through our community dialogues sessions PSJ community members are made to see education as a worthwhile asset worth investing in.