This project will provide shelter and care for 50 Orphans and Vulnerable Children especially those below one year of age and whose survival is threatened by all causes. Nigeria's under Five Mortality Rate increased from 87 in 1997 to 120.77 Per 1,000 Births in 2018 making Nigeria rank the 9th leading country globally (WHO) . TenderLife will provide key food/nutrition, shelter and care needs (immunizations, Baby milk, Organically/locally sourced nutritional foods, diapers, clothes and baby cots)
Several issues affect the survival of children in Nigeria. Terrorism, the Almajiri system, poor living conditions in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, lack of access to immunizations, malnutrition, abandoned/street children, preventable deaths and poor maternal health especially during pregnancy and the first year of life. Worst hit are Orphans and Vulnerable (OVC) children who have become burdensome to extended family and the societal safety programmes.
By rescuing infant OVC from near death situations, TenderLife Rescue Initiative has a transit Children's home to safely nurture these kids back to health and to reintegrate them back to their families when they are better, healthier, stronger and free from conditions that earlier predisposed them to harm.
By rescuing OVC from harm, these children will have a chance to live their lives to the fullest, contribute positively to the socio-economic conditions and have the opportunity to acquire an education to enable them give back to the society. The Almajiri system has become a huge market for child-soldier recruitment by terrorist organizations.The project will also discourage the possibility of converting these children into child soldiers of terrorist organizations in future.