Founder’s message

Nigeria is among the top largest contributor to the under-5 and maternal mortality rate in the world.
Poverty, limited access to medical treatment, limited access to health care workers, lack of awareness
and poor hygiene all increase the risk of deadly but preventable diseases, making them the main causes
of high mortality rates among babies and mothers.
In 2009, we began with the broad idea of using our resources to help those less fortunate than
ourselves. However, we soon saw the need for a more focused approach in our philanthropic work.
Today’s world has an endless number of compelling social issues, and without a concentrated effort, our
impact would be diluted. Over time, we realized that we could maximize our social impact by addressing
the health needs of children, youths and women in rural communities. By doing this, we have
contributed to saving millions of lives and thus improve the future of those in rural communities.
Once we had a dedicated area of focus, we recognized the need to scale up to programs on education
and empowerment supported by committed and able partners, locally and abroad. This has helped us
carry out our work in an effective and sustainable manner.
We continue to work with partners who are familiar with the needs; framework and history of Nigeria,
partners who specialized and technical expertise give our projects a larger impact in the lives of our
intended beneficiaries. There is still so much work to do, so many communities to reach and so many
lives to save.
Partnerships are crucial to our survival; please allow me to extend a heartfelt thank you to the
individuals, corporations, foundations, state ministries, community leaders, our staff, advisory board
members (past & present) and friends who have helped to enrich SLNI’s programs since 2009.
A simple thank you cannot do justice to your contributions. SLNI could not have grown to its present
level without your support. Your commitment to the success of SLNI’s programs and ultimately, to the
greater success of saving lives, continues to empower, inspire and strengthen our foundation and
nurture our programs.