Our Projects


The community System Strengthening Project is a Global Fund project aimed to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (ATM). It played a catalyzing role in promoting the contribution of communities to fighting the three diseases. WJF implemented the project in 5 communities of Owan West Local Government of Edo State in 2013 and 2015. The project integrated ATM services through demand creation, escort and active referral the different services and strengthened effective linkage between the community and the health facility

Community Mobilization for Social Sensitization on Malaria Control Project was funded by Global Fund/ARFH through ACOMIN. We covered 40 communities of Esan Central, Owan East and West LGAs of Edo State through the following strategies: 1. Community Drama 2. Inter Personal Communication sessions during the Global Fund Round 8 Malaria program as sub-sub recipient. The key Messages Communicated was on Malaria Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment. The messages were tailored to various target groups such as men, women and youths. Hang up, keep up demonstration of Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets (LLINs) were carried out to promote malaria prevention.

The European Union through EUMPP6 Program engaged WJF to conduct Community mobilization and Sensitization. Community Need Assessments were conducted in 12 communities of Esan South East, Esan North East, Igueben, Esan West and Central Local Governments Areas that benefited from the EU-MPP6 intervention through WJF. There was subsequent execution of 12 Micro Projects in the area of Construction and Equipping: Primary Health Care facilities, Four Classroom blocks and Income Generating Facilities across 12 Communities in Edo Central Senatorial District from 2006- 2008.

Edo SACA HIV Program Development Project (HPDP)

Edo SACA HIV Program Development Project (HPDP) II was funded by World Bank/Edo State Government. WJF was mandated to conduct activities on HIV Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission in Owan East and West Local Government Areas and Services delivery to 500 Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Esan North East LGA of Edo State in 2014 to 2015. Due to WJF outstanding performance, we were reengaged to implement the HPDPII Extension Project (2016-2017) to Mobilize service uptake of 1,500 pregnant women on PMTCT Services in Owan East, Owan West, Estako East, Central, and West, Akoko Edo LGAs.

State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) Project funded by World Bank/Edo State Government

Willi Johnson Foundation in partnership with Imade Foundation conducted an independent (third party) Monitoring of SEEFOR Projects for satisfactory performance through citizens’ inclusion and social accountability in project implementation. The project intent was  to demonstrate an integrated approach to improving Edo State Employment and Expenditure for result Projects through regular independent monitoring. WJF covered Edo North Senatorial District while monitoring the SEEFOR project and submitted report to Edo State Government in partnership with Imade Foundation. Projects monitored  were enriched with data analysis and recommendations on SEEFOR project outcomes placing greater emphasis on people factors in the delivery of the project, encouraging innovation, strengthening focus on productive strategies, and continuous quality improvement to reach every intended beneficiary.

WJF implemented the LAPOC4 Project (2016-2017) aimed at promoting regular uptake of screening services for early detection in Owan East and West and Estako Local Government Areas. Communities across the three LGAs were mobilized and sensitized on prevention and the management of cancer. Contact centre for the prevention and referral for regular cancer screening were selected in the LGA. Over 15,000 persons were reached with sensitization and 1,564 persons screened on Clinical Breast Examination, Cervical Screening, Prostate Screening.

GAVI CSO Constituency Project with funding support from GAVI/ACOMIN

Willi Johnson Foundation was engaged by The Civil Society Platform on Health – (CSPH) platform to use our extensive experience in community engagement to advocate for the functionality of Primary Health Care (PHC) and continue to mobilize community and LGA support and ownership for the PHCs. The GAVI CSO Constituency Project stimulated increase in the uptake of routine immunization and engender community ownership of the process. Some community level activities like Focused Group Discussion, health talks with nursing mothers on benefits of Immunization,  House to House Inter Personal Communication sessions were conducted in sensitize Imule, Ukhiodo, Ebhorua, Uguoben, Uwene, Idumeakon, Ekunanlen, Ihonmidumun and Enogban communities in Illeh Ekpoma from Esan West LGA, which aimed at eliciting the perceptions and beliefs of community members on principles of immunization; community mobilization of underserved communities and defaulter tracing to help reduce cases of non compliance with vaccination. Schedules were  implemented to achieve the platform objective in getting defaulters to receive immunization.

The Sustainable Mechanism for Improving Livelihoods and Household Empowerment (SMILE) is a five-year project funded by the President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With USAID grant through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on SMILE project WJF has supported the provision of need based and age-appropriate services to 4,114 vulnerable children and 1,142 caregivers in Afuze, Ihievbe and Ohanmi communities across Owan East LGA of Edo State in the past 4 years. WJF provided quality Health, Psychosocial, Protection, Education, Household Economic Support services to the children and their households in line with the PEPFAR guideline on the paradigm shift in OVC programming. Through the SMILE project, WJF was able to build the capacity of key stakeholders such as community volunteers to LGA staffers down to caregivers and older VCs in three communities of Owan-East LGA.

Owan West Local Government Area of Edo-State gets support on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery system. Willi Johnson Foundation (WJF)  a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with support from the Agents for Citizen Driven Transformation (ACT) Programme (an EU funded Programme through the British Council) in collaboration with Owan West Local Government Area WASH department will contribute to increasing access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in 35 communities  in the Local Government Area. It is a 9 month project that spans from December 2021 to August 2022.

Worldwide, 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water, more than half of the global population does not have access to safe sanitation, and three billion people do not have access to hand washing facilities with soap, still 673 million people practice open defecation. 1

Nigeria is the leading country globally in open defecation. The President declared a National State of Emergency to enhance the political will for the accelerated development of Water Supply and Sanitation in 2018.

The consequences of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on children can be deadly. Over 700 children under age 5 die every day of diarrhoeal diseases due to lack of appropriate WASH services. In areas of conflict, children are nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal disease than from the conflict itself.1

Using life cycle approach of WASH investment planning, the project nine months (9) project will undertake detailed assessments and analysis of data to generate evidence that will be used for WASH budgeting, financing and service delivery. WASHCOM will be setup and trained in 35 communities to influence and facilitate community response to peculiar WASH issues in these communities. This will empower Right holders to engage duty bearers for more efficient WASH service delivery that engenders development.

The goal of this project is to have improved access to safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services in 35 communities in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo-State. It is expected that the project will improve WASH department staff knowledge on investment planning for WASH, strengthen the WASH department to implement WASH investment plan, and achieve WASH governance.

July 30th is a day set aside by the United Nations Organisation to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDATIP), all over the world.

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a crime and grave human rights violation of enormous scale, which is prevalent in situations of vulnerability. 

To commemorate this year Word Day Against Trafficking In Person’s, tagged “Use and Abuse of Technology”; Civil Society Organisations in Edo State, under the umbrella of Localising Trafficking In Person’s Response (LoTIP-R) Cluster, had a two kilometre awareness, and sensitization walk across the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Civil Society Organisations that participateed in the two kilometre awareness and sensitization road walk include Willi Johnson Foundation, JDPC Auchi, IDRC,GPI, Josemaría Escrivá Foundation, JDPCI and the Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT).

The cluster is led by Uromi Justice Development Peace and Caritas Initiative (JDPCI) with support Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Palladium International.

Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world, behind drug dealing and arms trafficking, and is the fastest-growing activity of trans-national criminal organizations. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a crime and grave human rights violation of enormous scale, which is prevalent in situations of vulnerability.  This year’s theme is tagged “Use and Abuse of Technology”

With the global expansion in the use of technology – intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift of our everyday life to online platforms – the crime of human trafficking has conquered cyberspace. The Internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims.

However, during the rally the cluster created the awereness that the use of technology also lies great opportunity. Future success in eradicating human trafficking will depend on how law enforcement, the criminal justice systems and others can leverage technology in their responses, including by enhancing prosecutions through digital evidence and providing support services to survivors. Awareness-raising activities on the safe use of the internet and social media as well as cooperation with the private sector are important to support prevention and combatting of human trafficking.

Part of the cluster’s mandate is to advocate for the need for the legislative review and amendment of the existing Edo State Trafficking in Persons Prohibition law 2018 to accommodate the establishment of trafficking in Persons response structures at the Local Government Level of Edo State.  Say no to human trafficking!