We are a UK-based charity that defends and upholds the rights of children in the Niger Delta. We work closely with our Nigerian partners to save and transform the lives of disadvantaged and stigmatised children, support effective education, and advocate for a greater understanding of child rights.
Our vision is that all children in the Niger Delta are happy, protected and capable of creating their own future.
Stepping Stones Nigeria is different.
We work in the Niger Delta: a region considered by most international organisations to be one of the world’s most challenging.
We take practical and fearless action in response to challenging issues, like the belief in child witches, which other organisations shy away from.
We use our in-depth understanding of Nigeria to work closely with carefully-selected local Nigerian partners, focussing always on sustainability and capacity-building.
We work collaboratively with the Nigerian State and Federal Governments, while always recognising our responsibility to hold the government to account.
And we treasure our roots in Lancaster, in England’s North-West, where we have a special place in the heart of our local community.
We believe in working closely with our Nigerian partners and friends throughout all our work. With an emphasis on equity, mutual learning and open communication, we strive to create and deliver effective projects that transform the lives of children in the Niger Delta.
We believe that change isn’t a quick fix. We believe that change is about changing minds, changing practices, and changing lives. It’s about addressing the cause of the problem, and not just the symptoms.
Our work goes beyond supporting abused and vulnerable children. We advocate for new laws and ensure that they are enforced in practice. We support model schools, promote more effective teaching methods, and work with universities and the Nigerian State and Federal Government to revolutionise the teaching of reading and writing in every classroom in the country.
SSN believes that solving a complex problem requires a multi-layered, long-lasting solution, so that’s what we do.
We believe that our work must be led by the people it seeks to benefit. Regular and meaningful participation of our partners, target children and communities is central to all our projects.
We don’t believe that children can be witches.
We acknowledge the right of others to hold this belief, provided that it does not lead to the abuse of child rights. We prioritise raising awareness of child rights and do whatever we can to promote the safety and happiness of those children who have been accused of witchcraft in the Niger Delta.