AMBASSADORS FOR PEACE ,
RECONCILIATION AND DISASTER RELIEF.
Generate permanent and lasting change through awareness of values that promotes human growth: spiritual, moral, physical and social care, including help for their families.
Defend the rights of groups and disadvantaged people was well as promoting their social inclusion.
What does the organisation do to achieve its mission?
Rescues victims of witch stigmatisation by removing them from danger, arranging and paying for emergency healthcare where necessary and placing them into safe accommodation;
Enables victims of witch stigmatisation in Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria to live healthily and safely by financially and practically supporting a Children's Centre;
Where possible, reconciles victims of witch stigmatisation to their family by meeting with the family, discussing the issue in the attempt to change their view on the subject;
Enables child victims of witch stigmatisation, who are not able to be reconciled to their families, to achieve social inclusion in the future by providing them with the necessary education, training and skills to support themselves in their adult lives.
Seeks to prevent further witch stigmatisation by visiting affected communities to give talks, hold discussions and provide information in the attempt to change people's views and actions.
Who we are and how it all started
Way to the Nations is a non-profit, non-denominational humanitarian association, which works to help children stigmatized as witches by religious leaders and subsequently abandoned by their families in Nigeria. Founded in 2009, it promotes condition for the freedom and equality of individuals, contributing to social inclusion, while fighting situations of marginalisation and social discrimination. We rescue the stigmatised children, who many times are very hurt, ill and traumatised and offer them a safe place, love, food, health treatment and education. As of today, 41 children are fully cared by the project and several more assisted in their homes by the nine native staff members based in the city of Eket, south of Nigeria.
After watching the documentary “Saving Africa Witch Children” (below), our group of seven friends driven by their common faith background, hopeful hearts and strong love for children flew from Brazil to Nigeria to fight the situation. After four weeks travelling in the country and promoting debates with religious leaders and talks in the communities, the local media began to report on our work. Formed by an engineer, a dentist, a surfer, a baker, an IT consultant, a car mechanic and a photographer, the group grew stronger on the fight for the rights of the tortured and abandoned children branded as witches. Hence what started as a plan to disseminate information and promote debates to help shift the mind-set of preachers and the people, soon developed into a humanitarian work of rescuing life and restoring human dignity. Our work was required on all fronts: child, family, community, all levels government and church. As a consequence we promoted not only the debates, but also rescued children, entering the communities to help the families and kids while confronting preachers, and also directly engaging with governmental bodies