Partnering for community aid
We envision a world in which the underprivileged child, man or woman shall
have a fair opportunity to life and self actualization.

Ijih Memorial Initiative, IMI is a non-governmental charitable organization founded in 2016 with the vision of supporting peoples and rural communities in need. The organization derives its name and borrows from the vision of Late Jonah Iorhemen Ijih who in 1988 was recognized in Benue, Nigeria for his personal contribution to community development in the areas of health, electricity/water supply, and conflict resolution.
At IMI we are conversant with the ravages of economic hardship characterizing much of the developing world. Poverty has deprived many of human dignity, the very basic privileges of living in a civilized world. Food, Water, health, basic education, decent livelihood and in some cases freedom. We are inspired to envision a world in which everyone shall have a fair opportunity to live and to realize their God-given potential. We believe that the entire world is better off when all persons are able to pursue and contribute the unique talents endowed to them.

The mission

Based in Nigeria IMI seeks to partner with local community leaders and authorities in identifying critical community-based need, self-help initiatives and persons of charitable interest and we act by fundraising and mobilising our professional partners and community volunteers to execute projects and programmes aimed at bringing about a direct and sustainable impact.


At the heart of IMI founding principle is the idea enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights that everyone has a right to life. Poor access to basic health care in many local communities continues to undermine the promise of this declaration. We are morally burdened by the reality that human life is often discounted from society on account of health versus poverty. children take no part in the decision of their birth yet many are born to face harsh consequences such as starvation and disease which gravely undercuts their potential and their future. Men and women surrender their health to chance even as their livelihood and ability to fend for their families depend on their physical well being. IMI adopts the prevention and early intervention approach which aims to promote awareness of healthy lifestyles, providing regular testing to foster early diagnosis and treatment which can be more affordable and more effective towards saving lives.

Capacity building

The root cause of many vices in our local communities can be traced to the factor of poverty. Financial constraint has rendered several members of socitety vulnerable including children, the elderly and young teenage girls. While intervening to relieve the immediate problems attributed to economic hardship, IMI recognizes the importance of investing in solutions that are more sustainable. Its is our ideal to someday become obsolete hence we take keen interest in identifying underlying problems and striving to implement lasting solutions. We look to support underprivileged and vulnerable groups,to assist with their capacity building and self reliance. Much can be done with Agriculture which is the mainstay of many rural dwellers but there is equally a need for diversification of rural economics in order to ease the competition for fixed natural resources which often disposes communities to conflict. We aim to provide support in education, vocation trainings and exposing rural dwellers to global awareness and opportunities through basic computer skill trainings and internet access. .


Rural communities in Nigeria directly rely on rainfall for their water supply. Residents collect water from rain showers or from shallow wells saturated by rainwater. Every year, however, such communities struggle with water supply due to months of the severe dry season known as harmattan.This is usually followed by another adverse season known as the hot season. Both seasons keep the rains at bay for months and within that time there is an acute shortage of water and a dire need for alternative supply.Women and children have to trek long distances to fetch water that is far from clean and safe for consumption. Though previous efforts by different organizations have provided Borehole facilities to some communities, these have not had a maintenance plan in place and many of such facilities have since broken down and are abandoned. IMI aims to partner with such communities to provide boreholes facilities where critically needed and where such facilities are already in place, to provide the maintenance that will make such facilities sustainable. .

Conflicts & Internally displaced persons IDP

Communal conflicts are unfortunate occurances in Nigerian rural communities giving rise to internally displaced persons (IDP) including women, children and other vulnerable group or persons. IMI strives to provide aid to such persons to assist with their health care, food and very basic livelihood necessities. In addition we believe in a more sustainable approach which we hope to pursue. Most communal clashes escalate from small scale disputes which can be manageable. We believe that by setting up and maintaining a representative group/council or persons from neighbouring communities/ clans and promptly facilitating the mediation of potential disputes will go a long way towards curtailing full scale conflicts and promoting a sustained peaceful co-existance.

Our deeds

Our team

As a start up NGO IMI currently relies on personal donations and contributions from its founding members, trustees, and volunteers who are a collection of individuals with resourceful professional skills as well as passion for community service and charitable cause.

Hannah Tibble Ijih

Trustee & Chair

Hannah is a co-founder and the chairperson of IMI. She is a qualified Youth and community Worker with 10 years of experience working and supporting charities in the UK. Hannah is currently organizing fundraising for her charity in the UK (Care4Them) which is committed to supporting local charities in Thailand and Nigeria. Hannah is particularly keen on activities that support children and vulnerable young people. In her words: "Nothing brings greater fulfilment than meeting your fellow man or woman at the point of thier dire need"

Ibi Iorwuese


Architect Ibi is an associate member of Nigeria institute of architects with 10 years of post academic experience in building construction and supervision as well as project management. His breath of experince in project management is particularly resourceful as it is his charge to ensure timely and qualitative execution of our projects and programmes.

Bem Peters


Bem has several trainings and certification in the areas of Health, Gender and Health System Strengthening, Knowledge Management in Global Health programs, and Result Based Project Management: Monitoring & Evaluation. He has extensive experience working with local NGOs in Nigeria. He has worked on the SMILE project Phase II in Benue State. facilitating, Reporting, and Coordinating meetings with other line ministries, CSO’s, FBO’s and NGO’s in the 12 LGA’s of the SMILE phase II LGA’s project implementation.

Support Us

Sometimes, many times, all it takes to save someone else`s life or to make thier dream come true is right at your finger tips. No support is ever too small and If you can volunteer your time, offer monetory donation, or you simply have a great idea that can transform the lives of those in need, Contact us and we will be happy to hear from you. The whole world can be a much better place but it all starts small beginning with you and me.

Contact Us

Head Office:
Office B10, N0. 7 Royal Mall Kashim Ibrahim Road
Old GRA, P.O.Box 4888 Makurdi
Benue State, Nigeria
UK Contact:
14 Chandler Gardens, Thrapston, Kettering
NN14 4UA, Northamptonshire
England,United Kingdom