ICCM has been working in Nigeria since 1990 and now serves almost 1000 children. Most sponsored children attend one of our seven ICCM schools, each in a unique situation. From the large coastal city of Port Harcourt, where impoverished children attend an urban Montessori school, to the camp schools designed for nomadic children, the goal of providing a quality Christ-centered education is priority. In parts of Nigeria, ICCM has an exceptional opportunity to benefit pastoralist Fulani families in practical, powerful ways, educating the first generation. The work of the Free Methodist Church in Nigeria is spread far and wide, and in those areas where we don’t yet have an ICCM school, sponsorship is still available to assist pastoral families and especially vulnerable children in meeting some of their very basic needs.

stories from nigeria

God Answers Prayer

This photo taken by Phyllis Sortor shows the groom, ICCM Nigerian National Coordinator, Pastor Odu Nkanang with his beautiful bride, Mfoniso. We prayed for the Lord to provide Odu with a wife, and we celebrate with them this answer to prayer.   — ICCM Staff

Schools for the Fulani – What’s the Story?

Our story of ICCM schools for Fulani children first began in Elaite, a small town in Kogi State overlooking Emiworo Village more than 10 years ago! I’ll never forget these words from the first Fulani man we met, a true ‘man of peace’, Chief Bature. 

facts about nigeria

Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages

Religions: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

Population: 181,562,056 (July 2017 est.)

Median Age: 18.4 years (2017 est.)

Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write) Total: 59.6% Male: 69.2% Female: 49.7% (2015 est.)

Percentage below poverty level 70% (2010 est.)