Our Mission is to educate and raise awareness about family violence, support the healing of survivors and promote their financial independence.
We work with survivors, victims, community leaders, advocates, educators, lawmakers, and other grassroots organisations; using community-based educational programmes, public awareness campaigns, advocacy, and service provision.
We focus on youth, girls, and women in Ireland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria.
To educate children, girls, young people, and women about their rights and support them to build up their own capacities as decision-makers.
To offer children, girls, young people, and women access to the resources, and opportunities that will enable them to overcome barriers and support them to lead and contribute to their fullest potential in life
To educate communities, educational institutions and other service providers about Family violence and its impact
To provide support to victims and survivors of family violence and financial Instability
To provide access to education and enterprise development opportunities for survivors, victims and those at risk of family violence, financial difficulty, and other social exclusion.
To inspire and empower children, girls, young people, and women to become future advocates, mentors, leaders and role models in their communities.
To support children, girls, young people, and women achieve the transformation they would like to see in their lives
To engage boys/men as allies for girl/women empowerment
The driving force behind the life changing Love and Care for People is the inspiring and courageous Ini Usanga. Ini created Love and Care for People with six of her friends, namely Ado Mazombe, Magdalina Siekamiec, Pierre Ruben Tetwoso, Kouakou Koffi, Peggy Mangidi Bakulu and Thomas Siekamiec.
Love and Care for People was created for two main reasons. First, Ini saw Love and Care for People as being a way to give back to the community of people in Ireland who supported her without judgement when she was in despair. Second, Ini wanted to make a difference by reciprocating the care and support she received. That’s where the initiative for Love and Care for People began.
The real story began however in Nigeria where Ini developed a passion to assist people living in disadvantaged circumstances from the young age of 13. As a young business woman, she used some of the proceeds from her business to feed disadvantaged people living in poor conditions whom she had developed empathy for. Ini continued this practice, feeding hungry students, and giving clothes to those who she saw were in need of help, especially children.
As she progressed and participated in several youth initiatives, it became apparent to her that she wanted to do more and give more. The opportunity presented itself after her survival from an abusive and controlling relationship which almost cost her her sanity and her life. Ini decided to combine her experience of unconditional support, her passion for people in disadvantaged situations, and her experience of an abusive relationship to support and make a difference in the lives of children, young people, girls and women who share similar experiences.
So, what started 23 years ago as a young girl’s dream and desire to make a difference in the lives of people in need in Nigeria and put a smile on their faces, has now developed into an international humanitarian NGO.
Ever since, and with help of supportive relationships from kind-hearted individuals, organizations, businesses, and over 20 volunteers, we have been able to support well over 4,000 children, young people, girls and women.
Love and Care for People has initiated over 40 projects in education, health care, and has provided food and sanitary supplies to schools, care homes for abandoned children, woman’s shelters, etc. We have sponsored the education of over 50 children and provided seed funds to over 20 small-scale businesses for survivors of family violence in Africa.
Love and Care for People has organized several outreach programmes and offered vocational skills training to victims of family abuse. Currently, the organisation is developing child protection and human rights trainings in Nigeria as a pilot programme for Africa.
OUR FOUNDING VALUES AND CONCEPTS
Love and Care for People’s work is based on a number of key values. They guide whatever we do, wherever we do it: Accountability, transparency, integrity, gratitude, respect, empathy, courage and hope.
We believe that every child, girl, young person and woman is of great value to humanity and they have rights that should be respected. With the right support, skills, and access to opportunities, they can help themselves develop.
The voices and experiences of family violence victims and survivors are fundamental to the development and implementation of all Love and Care for People programmes.
Love and Care For People
8 Radharc Na Coille, Rathcoole, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland
Mobile: +353 (89) 9540247