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.