The CIDJAP sponsorship started in 1987 with the concept of the founder, Msgr. Obiora Ike who wanted to give hope and brighter opportunities to indigent children. The mission statement of CIDJAP is integral development is the best approach to achieving that goal. He started the project on the philosophy of not giving people fish but showing them the way to fish. The scheme was introduced following the trend of inflation. Uncertainty, instability and high cost of having in Nigeria and against the backdrop that education is a luxury to average and indigent families.

The names of the indigent children are collected from poor rural families and orphans through the church structure and other community based organization. The names are scrutinized and sorted out. Investigation are made to know their real state and sponsors are sought for them. They come to CIDJAP every term to receive their school fees and correspondence are kept for follow-up. Presently, the scheme has over six hundred and twenty beneficiaries.

Major sponsors of the programme

  1. Friends from Tettenweis, Germany,
  2. Friends from Kelkheim Germany
  3. Meggy Kantert, Germany
  4. Friends from Meggy Kantert, Germany
  6. Nobert and Stephine Fraugenberg
  7.   Local Sponsors from Nigeria.
  8. Christian Solidarity International

What it takes to be a sponsor
The intended sponsor needs only to send us an e-mail through
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Our Bank Information is
PAX Bank eg
Von Weith strasse 25
50670 Koln
Account no IBN De 34370601930016803014
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Contact persons



Phone number

Ebelechukwu Odinachi


Julie Okenwa


JohnPaul Okoro


CIDJAP Address
1-3 CIDJAP Street, Uwani Enugu.
P.O.Box 302 Enugu Nigeria
The economic situation in Nigeria is very unfavourable to an average citizens and so many children are dropping out of school due to high cost of living and school fees. The continued unrest, especially in the Northern part of the are adding to the number of perspective beneficiaries on our list., There are so many unattended files on our desk and we hope to find sponsors for them as we endeavor to give them hope, brighter future and reduce poverty and crime to the barest minimum.
The project will not be there in the first place without the efforts and supports of our indefatigable sponsors. We are so grateful to all of you sponsors and would be sponsors and pray God to replenish your purse a hundred fold. The staff of CIDJAP pray daily for each and every one of you at our private chapel, Queen of Peace Chapel CIDJAP. Masses are said every Wednesday and Friday for your private intensions. Your contributions have affected so many lives positively and there are so many success stories of children who achieved their life aspirations not minding their poor background. The scheme is thirty years and there is hope that it will continue to affect lives in future.

Ebelechukwu Odinachi
Co-ordinator CIDJAP Sponsorship

Children Sponsorship and Education Empowerment

The Sponsorship Programme
CIDJAP began its Children’s Sponsorship programme in 1987. Many bright children in Nigeria drop out of school due to their family’s inability to pay their school fees. They, therefore, have no opportunity to develop their abilities and are denied the access to opportunities that education provides, thus their bright futures are not realized.

The Sponsorship programme was started to try and support some of these children through their education. Many students have already benefited from this programme and completed their secondary school education. Some have managed to progress to University or Colleges of Education and others are now working. There are many more promising children who could benefit form this scheme and CIDJAP’s Sponsorship Desk always has a long waiting list.

Who is sponsored?
The children sponsored are frequently from poor rural families or orphans. Many rural families are simply too poor to afford the cost of school fees. Children in need of sponsorship usually directed to the CIDJAP desk through their local parish priest.

Before sponsoring a child CIDJAP considers the level of need as well as the educational promise of the child. Many children may have attended primary school intermittently or have been in education before loosing their father or being orphaned. So the sponsorship desk discusses the child’s educational attainment with their school teachers and looks at their results.

What does it cost to Sponsor a Child
The sponsorship pays for the children and young people’s school or college fees. The annual cost of sponsorship therefore depend on the level at which they are studying. The Table below gives a guide to the yearly cost of sponsorship.

  Naira Euro Dollar Sterling
Primary 10.000.00 55 90 45
Secondary 16,500.00 90 140 70
Tertiary 26,000.00 140 225 115

Normally CIDJAP asks sponsors to pay their sponsorship annually. It is however possible to pay the fees on a termly basis and if you would prefer to donate on tri-yearly basis this also can be arranged through contacting the Children’s Sponsorship Coordinator.

How Much Is Spent On Administration
We try to keep administration costs to a minimum and usually these do not exceed 10% of the money sponsors donate.

What feed back will you get?
We know that sponsors like to know how the students they are assisting develop. You will receive letters form the students, school reports and other feedback at last three times a year.

How to Become a Sponsor
To become a sponsor all you need to do is e-mail us or apply through our website. We will then send you information about the children in need of sponsorship so that you can select who to support. Many church groups also sponsor a number of children and we are very interested in setting up further links with church groups.

In 2013, these children were sponsored by great humanitarians and philanthropists from within Nigeria, Germany, Europe and America. Currently, over 739 children are enlisted on this sponsorship scheme.


Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace (CIDJAP) is a social arm of the Catholic Diocese in Enugu. It was founded by Rev. Msgr. Obiora Ike in 1986. After one year of existence, the founder established a pet project known as CIDJAP Sponsorship Programme. The aim is to give basic education to indigent but brilliant children who have no access to education. He established it because he believed that it is better to teach a child how to fish than to give him fish. The scheme has trained more than five thousand children since inception. The feat was achieved with the aid of our foreign sponsors from Tettenweis and Kelkheim parish till Meggy Kantert came into the picture in 2011. She keyed into the scheme and has been able to find sponsors for over two hundred children. She is still determined to find more sponsors for the children. She shares in their sorrows and joy and whenever she comes to Nigeria, she follows the Desk Officers to visit some of the families and interact with them. She believes that education is the key to peace and development The beneficiaries, CIDJAP Family, especially the former director Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu O. Anieke as well as the Catholic Diocese of Enugu are grateful to Meggy and to our various Sponsors. We appreciate them and pray God to to reward them abundantly.

Children's Sponsorship Major Challenge

Over 1,000 Children for Sponsorship

Our key challenge is that of meeting the educational sponsorship needs of over a thousand (1,000) children who are currently in the waiting list. Some of the parents of these children no longer have the financial means to educate their children in school while some of the children have been orphan due to the frequent and increasing deadly terrorist attacks of Boko Haram.