Saturday, 12 March 2016

When women work, economy grow

Dreams from the slum initiative is committed in her approach in making the dreams and aspirations of children living in slums become a reality and this is achieved via three pronged approach "Education, Empowerment and Mentorship.

"Poverty is one of the reasons why alot of children are out of school and one way to curb this is by Empowering women" - Isaac success.

In honor of International Women's Day in 2015, we empowered two vulnerable women living in the slum, and within a year, we are inspired at the impact that our support has made in their life.

Enjoy the excerpt;

We met with MRS ADEOSUN FATIMOH, an hard working and energetic woman of five kids, who had a skill in bead making but had no tool to enable her make money from the business.
Mrs Adeosun Received voucher for her working tool
She tries so hard to fend for her family, but two of her kids were out of school because her source of income wasn’t strong enough.
Dreams from the slum initiative provided her with the tools she needed for her bead making business during International Womens Day in 2015.
Within a year, Mrs Adeosun Fatimoh makes a minimum of N3,000 on a weekly base, and she has been able to send two of her kids who were out of school back into school.
She is currently planning to purchase a lot of materials for her bead making business so she can stock them up for sales and make more money.
Now she enjoys her bead making job.

According to her,… ‘’Last year, that support help me a lot and I am grateful that you people came to my aid’’.

We also met with Mrs  Adekanbi Funke who is a mother of ten children few days after she lost her husband.
 She sells cooked noodles to people in the community but had serious issues with her stove which was licking beneath and this affected her sales cum profit. She had no money to get another stove so didn’t plan for it not until she met with Dreams from the slum initiative.
Mrs Adekanbi received her new cooking stove.

Knowing how difficult and demanding it is to cater for 10 children of which only 7 are in school while three others are out of school, Dreams from the slum initiative was inspired to meet the need by providing her with a two burner stove.

Mrs adekambi at work.

Within a year, Mrs Adekanbi Funke has been able to send her kids back to school because her daily profit increased by 100% after the donation of the stove.

We believe that supporting this women will help their children remain in school that is why dreams from the initiative is also committed to empowering women

When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation.

Would you like to sponsor the empowerment of women in remote and desolate communities slum?
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Monday, 7 March 2016

Girl child is susceptible to violence #RewritingTheCode

There is no place of complete refuge for a girl child; from familial structure, communal structure to societal values as well as government policies- the girl child is susceptible to violence.

  Despite legal measures that criminalise assault in any form, the spate of violence or assault against the girl child has all but abated.
The media is awash with heart wrenching stories of girls who have been abused or still going through abuse. Girls are traded as commodities across national borders to be put to use as prostitutes or slaves. Many girls are victimized before birth through prenatal sex selection and selective sex abortion. Furthermore, they face threat of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces and learning institutions.

DFTS communications lead 'Belynda Naomi', Ayo and Grace(Beneficiaries) and Isaac success (founder)

As the world marks its international women’s day (#IWD), volunteers at Dreams from the Slum Initiative are #RewritingTheCode about the girl child. They are questioning and challenging every value or belief that prevents the girl child from reaching her full potential, they are telling the world that the girl child is more than a sexual object and she, like her male counterpart deserves the very best.

At Dreams from the Slum, we believe every girl child should be students not brides, not sex slaves, house helps or beggars. We believe educating the girl child is pivotal to a nation’s development because she grows up to become a mother and in turn train her children and consequently the society at large.

A wise man once said ‘train a boy and you train on person but train and girl and you have trained a nation’.
The importance of education in curbing abuse and violence against women cannot be overemphasised, there are even situations where girls going through abuse are not aware they are being abused. They have accepted the perverted practices against them as norm and such has become the only window through which they see the world. The girl child must be educated and individuals, corporate bodies and government must work towards achieving this goal.

Babatubde, DFTS Volunteer

Educating a girl child will not only help her recognise her rights, but will further empower her to fight for herself as well as other around her against abuse that might manifest around her. Empowering the girl child makes her self-dependent and would make her live without reliance on men or people who could hitherto take advantage of her. Empowerment saves her from poverty- poverty makes her more prone to abuse.
For these and several other reasons, we at Dreams from the Slums are rewriting the code and advocating for the education of the girl child.
Today, we pledge to #RewriteTheCode and invite you to join as so that education can be more accessible for the girl child.

Article by: Kawthar Babatunde