Activism is my rent
for living on the planet.

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Fiona Lovatt photo by Evangeline Davis

A suitcase, an internet connection, and correspondence with fantastic friends around the world are all that I travel with.

I’m Fiona Lovatt. I am a New Zealand poet and teacher, based in Kano, northern Nigeria since 2011.

Lovatt Foundation .Org became 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.

Kano wall

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?”.

Kano became my home away from New Zealand. During that entire time I use Facebook to share the stories and realities of life among the talakawa (the masses) in northern Nigeria. Friends, moved by the scenarios, joined me in their own quiet ways, delighted that money and ideas go so far and that 100% of what is received is used for the purpose named by the donor.

Only some of our Volunteers and Donors

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: ocho.works (UK)Volunteer: 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)Fun Tree Books (Texas, US)Fun Tree Books (Texas, US)Golden Penny Foods (Nigeria)Len Bowen (Canberra, Australia)Avril Hume (Canberra, Australia)

All Supporters