Crossbonds was born out of a need within Nigerian communities across the globe. We found that many Nigerians (in the diaspora and resident in Nigeria) who have the resources and the desire to give back to communities in Nigeria are unable to do so for the following reasons:
A lack of awareness concerning the actual needs of these individuals and communities due to geographical and cultural barriers
The absence of a transparent and structured system to ensure that the resources given by well-meaning Nigerians are appropriately used to meet the demonstrated needs.
Crossbonds was founded to fill these gaps. With the help of our research teams who live and work in communities that span across all 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, we seek to:
Identify the most pressing needs within these communities and make them known to the Nigerians who have the resources and the desire to address them
Be the bridge between these Nigerians willing to help and the communities, to facilitate proper use of the resources to meet the identified needs.
The word "Cross", besides having other meanings, has also evolved to describe the "upright stake" on which criminals in Ancient Rome were executed. On this Cross, Jesus Christ was also executed on behalf of people who wanted absolutely nothing to do with him. These days, we tend to love those who prove themselves deserving of our love. However, from Christ’s execution on that "Cross", we see quite the opposite - a radical display of love towards one’s enemies. In fact, the Bible describes God’s love for us thus: “God demonstrated his love for us this way: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We have found this love to be countercultural to what we see in our world today. Therefore as an organization, we seek to love people in this way - unconditionally, regardless of their beliefs or attitudes - Just as God has loved us. For us "Cross" also means "to pass from from one location to another" and "Bond" defines a deliberate act of forming ties. It is our deepest desire, that every step we take as an organization is anchored on a foundation of radical love. One that enables people from various locations to form deliberate ties with communities in other parts of the world by meeting their deepest needs.
The acronym D.I.L.T.H captures our Value system at Crossbonds. We are committed to:
Data Driven Impact: We commit to measuring our inputs and outputs to ensure that your resources are devoted to solutions that maximize impact in the lives of the people we serve
Indigenous Partnerships: We insist on ensuring that every community we serve is actively involved in developing and implementing the solutions
Lasting Impressions: We seek to plant deep roots in these communities. We desire sustainable solutions.
Transparency: We want to be completely honest with you about what every dollar or resource you provide goes towards.
Holistic Solutions: We aim for the overall well-being of individuals and communities and not isolated solutions