CHISTRE is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2000 to address the socio-economic and health concerns of the people in rural areas and other poor communities in Nigeria. CHISTRE started out as a library and resource center devoted to HIV/AIDS and sexual health (see what the United Nations Development Program has written about our resource centre, but since its humble beginnings, CHISTRE has grown into an accomplished organization dedicated to a progressive society through social and educational programs.
CHISTRE’s main goal is to deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis that is ravaging communities and cities throughout Nigeria and destroying lives. CHISTRE is trying to provide an integrated, holistic response to the crisis, ensuring increased effectiveness in combating the disease, while moving towards a more advanced society. CHISTRE is disseminating accurate information throughout the area, educating the public (with an emphasis on the younger generation) on all issues associated with HIV/AIDS and other STDs, and providing assistance to those already affected by the disease. We are also extremely focused on training peer educators, teachers, and health care professionals with the hopes of creating self-sustaining and self-sufficient environments, where people are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take control of the problem themselves and create a better future for all. This will not only give people the opportunity to control their own destiny, but will also ensure that CHISTRE can expand their field of operations into surrounding communities and areas, reaching more and more people and extending the reach of accurate knowledge and information.
In order to achieve maximum efficacy and efficiency of programs, CHISTRE works closely with other organizations in the area and is always open to collaboration in order to achieve the greatest results. CHISTRE works hand-in-hand with the Mgbala Agwa Youth Forum (MAYF), and you can read more about their work here. CHISTRE also works with many international volunteers; including doctors, public health experts, and noted scholars in different fields. With collaboration, comprehensive educational and social programs, dedicated professionals, and a highly organized and motivated organization, CHISTRE hopes to make a significant contribution to society by establishing a well-educated and informed public; thus reducing the prevalence and impact of HIV/AIDS.
Where We Work
CHISTRE’s primary area of work is in Agwa, a community in Oguta Local Government Area (LGA), Imo State, Nigeria, while progressively expanding into the surrounding communities. Imo State is one of the 36 states in Nigeria and is situated in the South East geopolitical zone. The population of Imo State is estimated at 4.8 million, and Oguta LGA of Imo State was created in 1976, making it one of the oldest LGAs in the country. The population of Oguta LGA is about 450,000, while the community of Agwa includes around 100,000 people. CHISTRE was founded by a native of Agwa, Mr. Nduka Ozor, who is in a unique position to deal with such paramount issues because of his thorough understanding of sensitive traditions and customs that play such a role in day-to-day life