Anambra Relief Distribution with the Deputy Governor in attendance
CEO Whitefield Foundation with the Executive Secretary SEMA, Anambra State and Representative of The Coca Cola Foundation in Nigeria
At the Government House Anambra State
In 2022, Nigeria faced devastating floods due to heavy rains causing loss of life, displacement, and destruction of houses, farms, and infrastructure. It was considered the worst flood in over a decade with 603 deaths, 2,400 injuries, and over 1.4 million displaced people as reported by NEMA in October 2022. The situation was exacerbated by the release of excess water from the Lagdo dam in Northern Cameroon into Nigeria through River Benue, causing further harm to vulnerable communities.
The floods resulted in the destruction or damage of over 300,000 houses and an estimated 569,251 hectares of damaged farmland, leading to the loss of food sources and income for affected households.
In response to the plight of victims of the flood and in line with our mission and vision of no poverty, we set out to bring relief and support to flood-disaster victims, especially in the southern states of Nigeria. An initiative named Operation LADDER (Laugh At Deluge, Drink, Eat, and Rejuvenate) was launched by WF and its partners to bring relief and support to flood survivors and their households.
Then, in November 2022, Whitefield Foundation was awarded a humanitarian aid grant to provide relief materials to flood disaster victims under the project Operation LADDER by The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF).
The goal of the TCCF-sponsored initiative was to provide aid to flood-affected communities in Anambra and Delta States.
The relief project was implemented over a 2-month period, engaging with relevant government agencies such as State Emergency Management Agency in Delta and Anambra State, local authorities like Local Government Chairpersons, and community leaders, with a focus on working with women leaders. The relief materials were distributed directly to the communities, ensuring that the victims and their households received them.
In Anambra State, the flood-ravaged communities in over one-third of the LGAs in the state. 5700 households (34,200 people indirectly) in 57 communities received relief materials, which included food, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) supplies, and empowerment materials.
In Delta State, the intervention was laser focused in four LGAs; Isoko South, Ughelli North, Ndokwa East, and Oshimili South. A total of 3,059 households (18,354 people indirectly) across 21 communities and villages benefited directly from the relief intervention implementation in Delta State.
The partners involved in the operation included:
- The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) provided the funding for food and WASH supplies.
- Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) provided cartons of bottled water and juice.
- Chi Pharmaceuticals Limited (Chi Pharma) supplied over-the-counter drugs, such as antimalarial, decongestants for adults and children, and multivitamins.
- Capstone Resource Center (CRC) contributed logistics and funding for cassava and rice seedlings.
- Sterling One Foundation (SOF) provided funds for the distribution of cassava stems.
- Individual donors offered logistics support and funding for seedlings.
- Anambra State Emergency Management Agency facilitated the warehousing of relief materials.
Operation LADDER provided relief to 8,759 households and 52,554 people indirectly in 78 communities and villages across 12 local government areas in the two states. The Food and WASH supplies were enough to sustain an average family of 6 individuals for 4 weeks.
In addition to the food and WASH supplies, Operation LADDER, in partnership with organizations such as the Capstone Resource Center, Sterling One Foundation, and individual donors, provided seedlings to 2,800 small-holder farmers, 80% of whom were women. The provision of 700,000 high-yield cassava stems and 100 bags of high-yield rice seedlings will also impact the community in several ways including the following;
- Cultivate a total of 490-560 acres of cassava and 100-140 acres of rice farmlands leading to the restoration of about 700 acres of farmland (Estimation)
- The cassava plantations will also yield up to 3,120-3,580 tons of cassava tubers upon harvest (with proper cultivation practice)
- Produce 5,600,000 to 8,400,000 high-yield stems for farming by the next planting season (Estimation)