In September 2010 the world’s governments met in New York to discuss progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets set 10 years ago to radically reduce global poverty.

MDG aims to “ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”. But, living in Kano, Northern Nigeria we can clearly see that this is still an impossible dream for the vast majority of children here.

Gatan Marayu Foundation is working to give some of Kano’s poorest children a chance of a decent education.


Nigeria is the most populous African country. One out of every 4 Africans is Nigerian. Nigeria has significant oil reserves - the 10th largest in the world and the largest in Africa - and is a powerful member of OPEC and one of the main suppliers of oil to the US and UK. As such it has a strategic significance that places it in the spotlight like no other African country.

But Nigeria also has some of the worst human development indicators in the world, especially for women and girls. Two out of 3 Nigerians live in poverty and rates of women dying during or shortly after childbirth are the 2nd highest in the world. There are deep divisions between the North and South of the country based on ethnic and religious differences and reinforced by the flow of oil wealth. There are also stark differences between North and South in levels of education. In Lagos in the South for example more than 85% of people are literate, whereas in some states in the North less than 20% of people can read and write.


Sponsors Say:


"It was from my brothers who live in Kano that I heard about Gatan Marayu. We are all very impressed by GMF's efforts and we are happy that we are able to support in some way. Alhamdullilah."