Since 1999, Abode for Children has helped to create a community which provides housing, nutrition, clothing, education, and medical care to hundreds of the poorest of children throughout the Idum-Mbube, Ogoja, Nigeria region. Ogoja is a village community, located in the northern part of Cross River State, which is in the southeastern part of the country. It is mostly Christian.

The motto of St. Joseph Orphanage is “To Keep Hope Alive,” and this motto is lived every day at St. Joseph. The campus of St. Joseph Orphanage and School includes two dormitories, a two-story classroom building which includes a cafeteria, lab rooms and an assembly hall, a bus to transport students on excursions, and a brand new medical clinic that provides critical, life-saving medical care to the children and to the surrounding community.

Quick Facts about Nigeria

  • Most populous country in Africa (more than 200 million)
  • 95 million live in extreme poverty
  • 17.5 million orphans and vulnerable children
  • 1 in 3 children are malnourished
A group of children standing outside of Abode for Childrens Nigeria Orphanage
A group of kids holding hands with the orpphanage in the background - Nigeria

St. Joseph Orphanage/School houses approximately 112 children and educates approximately 350 students each year. Children come from various family situations. Some are orphans, and some are “social orphans;” that is to say they have living parents, but due to extreme poverty, their parents cannot provide basic care for them and they would otherwise have nowhere to turn for help. Through the generosity of donors and sponsors, hope is kept alive and these children flourish at St. Joseph Orphanage/School.

Day in the Life of a St. Joseph Boarder Child

The children of St. Joseph have a full and active day!

Time Activity
5:00 am Wake up, Bathe
6:00 am Mass followed by Morning Chores
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Assembly/Prayers and then Classes including:
  • English
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Science – Biology, Physics, Chemistry
2:00 pm Lunch, Afternoon Chores, and Siesta
4:00 pm Study, Tutoring, Group Projects
5:00 pm Cleaning and Games such as Soccer, Badminton, Running, Volleyball
6:30 pm Dinner, Evening prayers, Evening Bath and Clubs
10:00 pm Lights out
A group of kids sittingn in their seats looking at a chalk board learning at the orphanage - Nigeria group of kids smiling out playing at recess
a group of orphans smiling standing outside of the abode for children - nigerian orphanage

Clubs that children can join include:

  • Marching Band
  • Farm/Agricultural Club
  • Fatima Choir CLub
  • Sports Club
  • Dramatic Club
  • Cultural Dance Club
  • Anti-HIV/AIDS Club
  • Craft Club
  • Prayer Club

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