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.
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.
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.
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.”
CO-FOUNDER OF SPROUT & DIRECTOR OF CAPRECON
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.
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.