Dreams from the Slums initiative (reachout22project)
is reducing the number of children that are out of school by adopting children back to school and facilitating access to psychological support for children and youth with special needs with three-pronged approach on Education, Mentorship and Empowerment.
Sequel to our vivid observation on how children living in the slum do starve, and how most children are highly malnourished which affects their poor performance in school,
We initiated the DFTS FOOD BANK where we started a daily feeding plan so as to encourage the children to remain in school and learn.
We observed that majority of the children living in the slum go to school without breakfast because they are either from a no income or low income family hence their parents’ inability to meet their very basic needs especially feeding.
This has made more children to miss school and end up dropping out of school.
We believe that when children feed well, they will be equipped to learn better and this is why through DFTS Food Bank we commemorated World Food Day 2018.
World Food Day which is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger; our commitment is to eradicate hunger starting from our local community by providing food items to 20 families in the slum.
Due to the generosity of our esteemed
donors , supporters and ambassadors; we paid twenty six (26) tuition fees of
children in the slum, provided educational materials to one hundred and sixty
eight (168) children, sponsored four (4 ) children who are overdue for school ,and
secured full Academic Scholarship through secondary school for two (2) indigent
We also provided new school uniforms and learning materials
to a low cost school.
This alone is a great step in curbing
the 10.5million children in Nigeria who do not go to school and we are certain
that BRICK BY BRICK we will reduce that number by 70% by year 2030.
This Is why through our #SmartInSchool
project we provide children with their basic learning materials ranging from
text books to notebooks , uniforms and school bags.
When children lack their basic school supplies, it gives them a low self
esteem and makes them lack the needed motivation to learning.
We are igniting the dreams of vulnerable children living in
the slum and reducing the high number of children who do not go to school.
The ICT training program for kids was aimed to teach children living in the slum digital skills which was organised in collaboration with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and African change makers mentoring,
The kids learnt basics on
-Microsoft word -Microsoft Excel -Microsoft PowerPoint
At the end of the training, the children were able to do
basic operations such as powering and shutting down a computer, saving files, typing
with Microsoft Word, Inputing information in Microsoft Excel and creating
simple presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Now the children are certified in computer appreciation package.
THE WINNER OF BIG BROTHER NAIJA 2018, who is a pilot ‘Miracle
Igbokwe’ was the surprise guest at Isaac Success’s Dreams from the Slum centre in
Araromi community of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, on the
International Day of the African Child 2018.
Surprised at how his popularity has soared in the ghetto,
the Big Brother Naija winner says he never believed kids could recognise as
this. “It great to know that these kids calls my name with such popular
attitude, I am excited,” he said.
him “ Today June 16th, we join the world in commemoration of the 1976 student uprising
in Soweto, South Africa. We celebrated with the community coming together to
raise awareness for the rights of a CHILD to quality EDUCATION. Let us all make
Great efforts to “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”.
Isaac Success, Founder of Dreams from the Slum, said “We are
excited having you around, and we know your presence and word of advice will
motivate them to become who they wanted to be in life.”
The social service expert also identified three children
from his organisation, who wanted to become a pilot, just like Miracle, the Big
Brother Naija winner.
“You can do better than me, if only you put your hearts to
it,” Miracle said to the kids philosophically.
The soft spoken winner who claimed his journey was not
particularly rosy said he was happy to struggle his way to become a pilot
because he believed he can do it.
He charged the kids who wished to become pilots to continue
to believe in their dreams.
Dummy Super-Eagles jerseys were distributed to the kids who feel delighted at
the presence of the A-celebrity in Ajegunle.
To commemorate #givingtuesday2017 which is a global day of action and an antidote to the Christmas sales, after Black Friday which seeks to encourages people to do good stuff for others, Dreams from the Slum Initiative & PadMan Initiative of the Giving Garage collaborated with the Ajegunle Community to celebrate the Global Day of Giving.
The event which featured a special read aloud session for children and a reception for teenage girls and mothers was facilitated by Ajegunle Queen of the Run way “Benny Tontonye” and Dreams from the Slum Administrator “Onyinyechi Okechi”.
The readaloud session with the children opined their eyes to certain values they should have as children and to have empathy on others; while the reception that hosted 30 teenage girls and mothers enlightened them on their health and hygiene as majority of the girls live in the slum.
They were also taught how to make use of sanitary pads because some of them has never used a pad before
(They use clothes when they are ON) because they cant afford it.
They also got extra pads to give to their family or a friend as a way of teaching them to GIVE .
No matter how dirty a child is, he/she still has a future - Isaac Success Omoyele (founder, Dreams from the slum)
#ItStartsWithMe is a campaign centered on educating the
public on good infection control and personal hygiene. An initiative of DRASA
targeted towards young people in Nigeria through school outreach programmes.
A number of environmental
factors influence the spread of infectious diseases including water supply,
food sources, and sanitation facilities. Good hygiene – particularly hand
hygiene – is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread
of diseases including diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid
(United Nations). Yet, in Nigeria 68% of the population has no access to a
toilet and more than two thirds of the population don’t have access to adequate
sanitation (Wateraid). In these communities, people are at high risk of
spreading and dying from infectious diseases.
In a collaborated effort with Dreams from the Slum
Initiative, it was hosted in Araromi Community Slum in Ajegunle and 220 school
children learnt practices as quick, simple and extremely effective ways to
remove germs , avoid illness and prevent the spread of diseases.
Through a practical demonstration, they also learnt how
bacteria and viruses spread and they were taught how to properly wash their
hands and educated on the importance of good personal hygiene for maintaining
A new academic session (2017/2018) commenced and loads of children
living in the slum couldn’t resume school and this cause an increase in the
high number of out of school children in Nigeria.
Dreams from the Slum
Initiative took action to inspire hope and smiles on the faces of children
living in the slum as school items were donated.
Some parents who had no hope of sending their children back
to school for the new session expressed their heart felt gratitude as 100
children in Araromi Community received back to school materials such as
Text Books Bags
One moment of the Back to school outreach that got us inspired was when a parent came saying we just took away disgrace from her as she didn't have any idea on how the children will go to school because she had no plan, but giving her kids everything they need for school could have only been by Gods mercy and grace .
We are grateful to all our partners, supporters, ambassadors and volunteers whoose contribution made the outreach successful.
We welcome you to also support our work by donating online via https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/scholarship-for-children-in-the-slum
Or via bank transfer: Diamond Bank - 0069202293 - Dreams from the slum