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Empowering Refugees and Displaced Persons Globally

As one of Africa’s largest charities, Mary Dinah Foundation is preventing malnutrition through its Zero Hunger Program which provides emergency food relief and water sanitation, improves access to healthcare for infants and pregnant women, scales up refugee education programs and protects women and girls from gender-based violence.

meals distributed
infants given immunization
youths connected to employment
women protected from sexual violence

About Us

Established since 2006, Mary Dinah Foundation is an award-winning non-profit organization with community initiatives for refugees and displaced persons in the areas of maternal health, infant nutrition, education and employability across West and Central Africa. Our mission is to support the most vulnerable in societies by protecting their human rights through humanitarian and emergency responses, as well as transformative development interventions.

In partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, the Mary Dinah Foundation oversees all orphanages, government homes for children with special needs and juvenile centres in Lagos State, Nigeria. Its dedicated efforts encompass areas such as education, child protection, welfare, health, and nutrition, along with recreational activities and mental health support. This work has also extended beyond Nigeria to the other countries where we operate.



Zero Hunger Program

Zero Hunger Program Nigeria

The Zero Hunger Program Nigeria, a humanitarian initiative in partnership with USAID, has distributed over 20 million meals to refugees and internally displaced persons, with a focus on pregnant women, children, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups across Northeast Nigeria. Through the Zero Hunger Program, over a hundred thousand women have been protected from gender-based violence.

Zero Hunger Program

Zero Hunger Program Cameroon

In addition to providing food assistance and nutritional supplements to vulnerable persons in refugee camps, the Zero Hunger Program Cameroon also conducts complementary activities such as cooking demonstrations, complementary feeding, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) practices.

Zero Hunger Program

Zero Hunger Program Chad

The Zero Hunger Program Chad is dedicated to distributing millions of meals and supplements to refugees and displaced persons experiencing hunger and malnutrition, with specific emphasis on pregnant and lactating women and children aged 6 to 23 months in the region. The program supports vulnerable persons across the Sahel region including Niger, South Sudan and Central African Republic.



Across the world, we maintain a collaborative relationship with some of the world’s most impactful organisations to ensure efficiency, productivity, safety, and continuous improvement in all our programs. They include:





Miriam is a 30-year-old mother of four children and an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) from Gulani, Yobe State. She lives in an informal IDP camp in Fune village with her family. Miriam registered with the program while pregnant with her fourth child and started receiving nutritional supplements for pregnant and lactating women.



Umar is an 11-month-old infant. His mother, Maryam, is a caring mother of 6 children who lives with her family at Janga Village in Fune, Yobe State. When her family friends from Dogon Rijiya visited her village for a wedding ceremony, she overheard them talking about the distribution of nutrition supplements for children, pregnant and lactating women.
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