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Changing Lives

One at a Time

One at a Time


Lovatt Foundation .Org is a charitable, world-wide collective that delivers high value, grass-root level long-term projects in Northern Nigeria. Current projects include ‘COB’ Children of Borno, ‘Gidan Almajirai’ Scholarships, RUMBU Program, Tree Planting and Boreholes, to name a few.

Founded in May 2015 it has grown from setting up one orphanage for 30 children (of troubled Borno) to what it is today. We can accommodate those who would like a project tailored to their individual passion and purpose (e.g. solar unit, beehive, surgeries, community library, etc).


From Kano, Northern Nigeria, we channel every donation to the project of your choice. If you make a general (no project specified) donation, it will be allocated to were the need is greatest. The Lovatt Foundation .Org works closely with those in great need while appreciating contributions from landlords, NGO’s, trades people and individual benefactors. Every penny goes a long way as the collective does not get paid, nobody draws a wage for the work.


Volunteer: Share your talents, services and time on the ground or from afar. Donations: To donate goods or services contact Fiona. To donate funds below depending on where in the world you are.

Priority Appeal

Please consider this appeal when you donate today:


Ways to donate

You can give to key projects today by using the project name as identifier. If none is mentioned we will allocate your gift to where need is the greatest. Australian Fundraiser ‘Go Fund Me’ for COB: go fund me link

UK Fundraiser ‘Go Fund Me’ for COB: go fund me link

Donate using PayPal US$:

Donate to COB using this UK PayPal Pool

Direct Bank Transfer and Remittance Service: Account Name: Fiona Margaret Lovatt | Bank Name: Ecobank | Account Number: 5613002732 | Sort Code: 050120639

activism is the rent for living on this planet. quote by alice walker

I am Fiona Lovatt.

I am a New Zealand poet and teacher, based in Kano, northern Nigeria since 2011. Lovatt Foundation .Org is the umbrella for a group of small-scale Nigerian community projects, an online base for our current supporters around the world and those who would like to get involved to get updates on projects, collaborate and donate.


How it began.

A timid traveller and humanitarian, I initially picked a destination that had to be in the English-speaking world, in need of an experienced educator or even a pair of hands and, most of all, to be behind the media headlines of crisis and carnage because I, like so many others, wondered, “What can I do?”

A journey from New Zealand to Nigeria covers half the planet in four days’ of airport hopping. I’ve made this journey every year since 2011, spending the better part of my time in Nigeria and each year I’ve found new opportunities to assist with problem-solving and capacity building.

A suitcase, an internet connection, and correspondence with fantastic friends around the world are all that I travel with. For over 4 years I use Facebook to share the stories and realities of life among the talakawa (the masses) in northern Nigeria. Friends, moved by the scenarios, are joining me in their own quiet ways, delighted that small amounts of money and ideas go so far and that 100% of what is received is used for the purpose named by the donor. A project can be designed around an individuals passion to provide solar power for an area of planted trees where library books can be read after a days work, for example.

Some of our Supporters

Sponsor: Dr. Isa Muhammad Jiddah Alfadlah (Nigeria)Volunteer: Susan Henshaw (Vegas, USA)Supporter: Initiative for Community Welfare & CareVolunteer: Sadisu Salisu (Nigeria)Volunteer: Marian Evans (New Zealand)Supporter: Marawe SolutionsVolunteer: Kelly Harris (Australia)Volunteer: Saeed Kirki (Hungary)Supporter: MangoesToShare.Org (Florida, USA)Sponsor: Josh Ekemezuma (UK)Supporter: Jack Vincent Fidelis Jr (Nigeria)Supporter: Sidro Synergies Ltd (Hungary)Volunteer: Abubakar Gambo (Nigeria)Supporters: Sunshine International SchoolVolunteer: Aliyu A. Wali (Nigeria)Volunteer: Chaela Hall (UK)Sponsor: Cerebo Systems (Nigeria)Volunteer: Ahmed Abubakar (Nigeria)Volunteer: Caroline Idehen (USA)Supporter: Maternova (Canada)Supporter: Dave Moskovitz (New Zealand)Supporter: Kereshmeh and Akin Odulate (North Carolina, USA)Sponsor: Dawning Systems (Charlotte, USA)Supporter: Mr and Mrs Rayner (UK)Supporter: Dallas and her parents (Australia)Supporter: Fun House Pre-School (Nigeria)Volunteer: Ikirama Mukhtar (Nigeria)Supporter: Mr Counts (Oklahoma, USA)Supporter: EMRTS (Edmond, USA)Supporter: Joseph Williams (UK)Volunteer: Barbara Bergin (UK)Supporter: Sheldon's Electrical Enterprises (UK)Supporter: November (Australia)Supporter: Lorna Brown (UK)Supporter: The Salam Project (UK)Anna Milaeva (Miami, USA)Callum Bowen (Australia)Dafe Otite (UK)WHSmith Wood Green Branch (London, UK)Rachel A. Onamusi (UK)Viva Naija Radio (UK)Dr. F. Adebajo (UK)Canty's Bookshop (Canberra, Australia)Serhat Maras (London, UK)Alexandra (Wellington, New Zealand)Modulaire Inc (Oklahoma, US)Fatsuma Magaji (Kaduna, Nigeria)Love Tilly Billy (London, UK)Hussaina Imam (Kano, Nigeria)Jasmine (South Korea)Umar Saleh Gwani (Bauchi, Nigeria)NEXTONE ICT (Bauchi, Nigeria)

that contributed to

(among other life-changing things)



Micro Businesses

Boreholes / Solar Units


Almajiri Scholarships

Fruit Trees



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Please email Fiona to arrange a call