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: Ado Mazombe, Magdalina Siekamiec, Pierre Ruben Tetwoso, Kouakou Koffi, Peggy Mangidi Bakulu and Thomas Siekamiec. Love and Care for People was motivated by two main goals. First, Ini saw it as 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 in the lives of others by reciprocating the care and support she received.
The real story began however in Nigeria where, from the age of 13, Ini developed a passion for assisting people living in disadvantaged circumstances. As a young entrepreneur, she used some of the proceeds from her business to feed disadvantaged people living in poor conditions. Ini continued this practice, feeding students and giving clothes to those who she saw were in need of help, especially children and young people. As she progressed and participated in several youth initiatives, she knew that she wanted to do more and give more. The opportunity presented itself after her survival from an abusive and controlling relationship in which she suffered severe mental and physical trauma. Ini decided to combine her experience of unconditional support, her passion for people in disadvantaged situations and her experience of an abusive relationship to make a difference in the lives of children, young people, girls and women who have shared similar experiences.
What started 23 years ago as a young girl’s desire to improve 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, with the help of kind-hearted individuals, organisations, businesses and over 20 volunteers, we have been able to support well over 4,000 children, young people, girls and women and this numbers keeps growing. Love and Care for People has initiated over 40 educational and health care projects as well as 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 funding to over 20 small-scale businesses for survivors of family violence in Africa.
Love and Care for People has organised several outreach programmes and offered vocational skills training to victims of family abuse, migrants and their descendents and people form ethnic minority communities. Currently, the organisation is developing child protection and human rights training initiatives in Nigeria as a pilot programme for Africa.