Friends of Nigeria, founded in 1996, is the alumni association of Peace Corps Volunteers and staff who served in Nigeria, plus volunteers from other organizations such as VSO and CUSO, members of the Nigerian diaspora, and others with an interest in Nigeria. The Friends of Nigeria community has about 1600 living members of whom over 600 support the organization with dues and donations.
All donations and more than 80% of annual dues are distributed in grants to grass roots organizations in Nigeria. During the last 15 years, Friends of Nigeria has awarded grants totaling over $300,000 to Nigerian non-profit organizations, principally in the health and education sectors.
Friends of Nigeria publishes a quarterly newsletter and and maintains two websites – friendsofnigeria.org and a wiki (wikifon.org) with information about individual training groups, and photos and stories by RPCVs. We host an annual meeting in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Peace Corps Association, and host Zoom meetings, such as reunions of Nigeria Peace Corps Volunteers who trained together -- check out Training Group News under the Connections menu tab to read about these reunions. In addition, we maintain a database of RPCVs as well as others who are members, and publish a biennial membership directory.
Friends of Nigeria is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).