Otutulu, Nigeria

Supporting the Ministry of Mercy (MOM) Orphanage

Tucked inside the remote village of Otutulu in central Nigeria is an orphanage bursting at the seams with the love of Christ — and children in need. Founded in 1992 by Daniel and Esther Edeh, MOM is the largest orphanage in Nigeria, feeding and housing more than 300 children. In fact, no child has ever been turned away regardless of their situation. Whether abandoned, motherless or a special needs child, each child is cared for on an individual basis according to their needs. And recently, MOM has expanded to the nearby city of Lakoja where an additional 50 children are being cared for and their numbers are growing almost daily.

In 2006 and 2008, ZOYA teams visited MOM to provide medical attention and spend time with these precious children. After seeing the need for adequate housing, ZOYA began the “Noah’s Ark” project which was completed in 2011. The Noah’s Ark building is dedicated in honor of ZOYA’s founder, Karen Abebefe, who passed away in 2010.

The Noah’s Ark building provides proper housing for infant and toddlers who before spent all of their days crawling, eating and sleeping on dirt or cement floors. The Ark also serves as a home for many of the caregivers at MOM, including the orphanage’s founders, Daniel and Esther Edeh.

Read more about the Noah’s Ark building project.
Read more about moving forward the Noah’s Ark project.

The Need

  • Average life expectancy is 53 years. While low compared to western standards, this has improved; in just the last two decades this figure has increased seven years from the 46-year expectancy in 2000.
  • Poor living conditions are more common in urban environments. In an article written for the Journal of the Arts and Humanities, authors Babatunde Femi Akinyode, Emilia Oluwafolakemi Martins conclude that deteriorated houses are centered on urban areas.
  • Civil unrest hinders aidt. In a 2016 article done by Doctors Without Borders, many in the Borno state were said to have been cut off from all humanitarian aid due to fighting between the Nigerian military and the militant group Boko Haram.
  • Nigeria leads Africa in total people without internet access. Despite having the most people online, 53 percent of Nigerians lack internet access.
  • Nigeria has an unemployment rate of 18.8 percent. Rate has been climbing steadily for over 2 years with no sign of slowing.
  • Lack of clean water is a persistent. USAID reports that this struggle remains a particularly dire situation in the northern part of the country in which only 30 percent of the population have access to safe drinking water.
  • Problematic air pollution. 100% of the population is exposed to higher pollution than is advised in the World Health Organization guidelines.
  • Nigeria has the second largest HIV/AIDS positive population in the World. Nigeria accounts for 9% of the world’s HIV burden, and the largest global burden of malaria.
    1. Nigeria is in the bottom half of countries in terms of happiness. This study ranks happiness by combining statistics on per capita GDP, freedom to make life decisions, healthy life expectancy, generosity, social support, generosity and perceptions of corruption.
  • Nigeria’s Human Development Index has increased by over 18% over the past decade. Despite many setbacks, it is clear that the people in Nigeria have made improvements in their quality of life.

The Vision

Transform communities by equipping future generations to care for themselves & others.

Tucked inside the remote village of Otutulu in central Nigeria is an orphanage bursting at the seams with the love of Christ — and children in need. Founded in 1992 by Daniel and Esther Edeh, Ministries of Mercy (MOM) is the largest orphanage in Nigeria, feeding and housing more than 300 children. In fact, no child has ever been turned away regardless of their situation. Whether abandoned, motherless or a special needs child, each child is cared for on an individual basis according to their needs. And recently, MOM has expanded to the nearby city of Lakoja where an additional 50 children are being cared for and their numbers are growing almost daily.

Zoya Support

In 2006 and 2008, ZOYA teams visited MOM to provide medical attention and spend time with these precious children. After seeing the need for adequate housing, ZOYA began the “Noah’s Ark” project which was completed in 2011. The Noah’s Ark building provides proper housing for infant and toddlers who before spent all of their days crawling, eating and sleeping on dirt or cement floors. The Ark also serves as a home for many of the caregivers at MOM, including the orphanage’s founders, Daniel and Esther Edeh. The Noah’s Ark building is dedicated in honor of ZOYA’s co-founder, Karen Abebefe, who passed away in 2010.  

Today, your donations enable us to help MOM to:

  • Hire surrogate mothers for round-the-clock infant care
  • Purchase medical supplies and maintain two medical specialists
  • Employ farmers, cooks, drivers and other staff
  • Erect more buildings to house the overflow of children
  • Equip the children and local community with agricultural skills
  • Provide scholarship programs for continuing education

At ZOYA, our mission is to transform communities by equipping future generations to care for themselves and others. We do this by supplying resources to MOM and matching the children with caring sponsors, like you. When you give to ZOYA, your funds are used to provide children with five basic needs:

● Food
● Clean water
● Medical care
● Education
● A caring home

Donations are tax deductible and are easily given by using our online donation or by sponsoring the orphanage.

Your Support Enable Us To:

  • Hire surrogate mothers for round-the-clock infant care
  • Purchase medical supplies and maintain two medical specialists
  • Employ farmers, cooks, drivers and other staff
  • Erect more buildings to house the overflow of children
  • Equip the children and local community with agricultural skills
  • Provide scholarship programs for continuing education
  • Be the hands and feet of Christ to people in need