Nigeria

S.G. – Youth for Development Centre

S.G. – Youth for Development Centre is a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation founded in 2003. By using the power of sport, they provide programmes offering training, rehabilitation, employment, and sports and recreation opportunities to young Nigerians who are homeless, unemployed, or suffering from substance abuse. Their main areas of work are youth development and leadership, gender equality, peacebuilding, and health promotion.

Organisation Details

Participants

Young Nigerians, both male and female who are homeless, unemployed, or suffering from substance abuse

Locations

Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ipaja/Baruwa, Agege, Ajegunle, Ibadan

Homelessness Statistics

70%
Of Lagos' population live in informal housing (CBC, 2017)

1,154,000

People displaced due to conflict and natural disasters in 2018 (Internal Displacement, 2019)

46%
Of Nigeria's population live in extreme poverty (87 million) (The Guardian, 2018)

Currently, the main threat to public safety comes from the terrorist group Boko Haram, which displaced thousands of people from their homes since 2014 (UNHCR, 2019). Furthermore, homelessness remains a taboo and consequently a lot of persons in need of shelter are rejected and denoted as “belonging nowhere” and “non-human” (Homelessness in Nigeria, 2013).