Friday, 22 September 2017
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 their health.
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
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
Or via bank transfer: Diamond Bank - 0069202293 - Dreams from the slum
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