Nigeria has been identified as one of 36 countries at risk of an acute food crisis, with over 7 million citizens needing reprieve just this year alone. The young remain most vulnerable, which is why food security and humanitarian assistance is a need. Uber is excited to announce its partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development (MHA) in Nigeria to provide food packages to school children within Lagos and Abuja.
Last week, the MHA launched the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, and with the assistance of Uber, will now have access to reach a greater set of communities. The partnership will effectively mobilise transportation of needed food parcels to over 260 identified food banks, to bring necessary relief and support for up to 70 000 households via the foodbank distributions. This allows over 3 million school kids to be fed, while further supporting governmental response teams towards curbing the outbreak.
“Partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, we can leverage our driver network to connect so many more locals in need with essential items. Aside from the economic opportunity that this provides drivers, this offers the liberty to move what matters, ensuring that communities most vulnerable get the assistance they need during these uncertain times,” says Uber’s Nigeria Country Manager, Ridwan Olalere.
Uber will also provide MHA front-line staff with transportation to and from food banks and drop-off points, which will provide the last-mile efforts to get to the most vulnerable communities.
The MHA for its part states that the distribution of Take-Home-Rations has been significantly expanded by the collaboration with Uber. Children will now have access to the nutrition they need to continue learning, while the ministry continues to work with the government and other stakeholders to map out further areas that are in need.
Safety remains a priority as all drivers and MHA staff will be provided with face masks and sanitisers. At the same time, they are required to adhere to the strict hygiene protocols and social distancing as imposed by local authorities.
Coming together, while staying apart is the greatest strength of any country and Nigeria is no exception. With partnerships like this, designed to assist those most susceptible, slowly the world over will stabilise and soon overcome.