About

Established since 2007

Growing up in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, I witnessed debilitating

poverty around me. I was fortunate enough to attain primary and secondary

education through the generosity of my hardworking grandparents. But

others were not so lucky and the trajectory of their lives is not much to

write home about. They ended up recycling the poverty from which they

have emerged. It dawned on me at that impressionable age that education

was pivotal to breaking thecycle of poverty or unshackling oneself from its

humiliating grip. It occurred to me that Education is emancipation.

 

So in 2007, I founded Caprecon to support individuals, especially young

people, on their journey of emancipation, mostly through education.

Some years later, I became interested in the experiences of Refugees and

Internally Displaced Persons, having spent some time in an IDP camp as

a volunteer, and witnessed the trauma suffered by most individuals in there.

Also, I did postgraduate studies in forced migration which exposed me to

the modus operandi of Humanitarian Aid and Relief agencies in Africa. I

discovered that their programs were geared more towards providing scant

material aid to Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, with little regard

for the dignity of refugees. To many NGOs, they were numbers to

be checked off on a list.

But at Caprecon, we see things differently. We know that they are human

beings with agency; and are able to cater for themselves, if enabled or

empowered. At Caprecon, we hold the philosophy that every person has the

right to design their own future. So we embarked on a number of programs,

in tandem with local and international organizations, to empower IDPs and

other individuals impoverished by natural disasters, violent conflict and

other debilitating tragedies. 

One of such programs is Sprout, and through it, we are able to provide IDPs

with the tools they need to work themselves out of poverty and

the misery; and become self-reliant.

Sprout is essentially our anti-trafficking initiative. It is aimed at reducing

Child trafficking in IDP camps by providing IDPs with marketing and

business skills training, entrepreneurship programs and anti-trafficking

education. Working with IDP community leaders, we help to create

anti-trafficking strategies needed by IDPs to protect

themselves and their communities.

 

Mission

To engage in peace-building, promoting reconciliation, dialogue and peaceful co-existence through peace education. To engage in poverty reduction, refugee care and humanitarian assistance, child protection, tackling human trafficking and advancing the rights of minority groups through education and advocacy.

Vision

Promoting peaceful co-existence within and between communities where everyone lives in dignity and meets their basic needs. Mission To engage in peace-building, promoting reconciliation, dialogue and peaceful co- existence through peace education. To engage in poverty reduction, refugee care and humanitarian assistance, child protection, tackling human trafficking and advancing the rights of minority groups through education and advocacy.

Values

Meet the People Behind the Wheels

Dollin has spent every weekend for 10 years working to empower impoverished communities and at-risk children in Nigeria. He works to reconstruct post-conflict Nigeria by creating art and poetry centers for teenagers, funding startup costs for small businesses and returning at-risk children to school. He is a scholar, poet, essayist, therapist, and development practitioner with an LLM in human rights law and trauma-informed psychosocial care.

“The only way of measuring the value of our lives is to value the lives of others.”

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Dollin Holt

CO-FOUNDER OF SPROUT & DIRECTOR OF CAPRECON

Team

JOHN ABU

Co-Founder of Sprout

John is a social engineer and development specialist who has dedicated the past decade exclusively to serving marginalized populations in Africa. He has built systems to protect orphans and vulnerable children, provide reproductive health services for adolescents and young adults, and expand treatment to adults with HIV/AIDS. John is a member of various government accountability mechanisms and is a fierce advocate of an open, inclusive Nigerian government.

JULIET BINAJI

Advisor for Caprecon

Juliet is a community advocate and adolescent mentor passionate about youth development. She has spent years implementing educational and arts-based interventions to children affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria and providing humanitarian aid to the city’s elderly.

PHILIP OBAJI JR.

Co-Founder of Sprout

Philip is committed to protecting the rights of children and vulnerable peoples across Nigeria. He has dedicated his career to report on child trafficking in IDP and refugee camps across the country, and his publications have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. He is Future Awards Africa’s Young Person of 2015, and his activism has established him as among the 100 most influential people in Nigeria.

DR. SUZELLA PALMER

Advisor for Caprecon

Dr. Palmer has dedicated her entire career to researching the psychological impact of youth violence in the black community and advocating for its victims. Throughout her career, Dr. Palmer has designed and implemented community-based interventions to address the root causes of youth crime and heal the black community from decades of police brutality.