SPOTLIGHT: Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN)

Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN) is a non-profit, grassroots association of women and children affected by Hansen’s disease in the southern part of Nigeria. Its five-person board of trustees comprises four females and one male. Its membership consists of 550 adult women and 72 youth of ages 5 to 20.

PHIN currently operates in five states: Lagos, Abia/Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Anambra. Each state has a chapter with women’s self-help and self-care groups headed by its executive members. These groups run weekly, and they are monitored by PHIN’s national leadership on a quarterly basis.

PHIN collaborates with RedAid Nigeria, Damien Foundation Belgium, and the Sasakawa Health Foundation.

PHIN’s primary activities include advocacy/awareness creation, child education support, social and economic empowerment of women and youth, mental health counseling, human rights protection, capacity building training, and a revolving loan scheme. 

Evarestus Lilibeth Nwakaego, National Coordinator of Purple Hope Initiative Nigeria (PHIN), with some members of the Abia/lmo women’s groups at the Vision Africa radio house to create awareness about leprosy and its treatment (Umuahia, Abia State, Feb. 2, 2024).