The increasing number of out-of-school and street children in many communities across Lagos is an unfortunate phenomenon that requires an urgent solution. Statistics from our research showed that up to 57% of children living in communities in Ikeja and Tarkwa Bay were out-of-school. The main objective of the Secure the Future Project was to identify the communities with the highest level of vulnerability and work closely with them in drafting and implementing a solid intervention plan.
Secure the Future Project was our action plan and it impacted 327 children in both communities with scholarships, school materials, food supply, and routine healthcare services through our partnership with the Ojodu Community Health Center.
Tarkwa Bay Island is a rural community in Iru/Victoria Island Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. The community is hard to reach, underserved and very much neglected by the government. We visited the community to see that almost every child there had no access to education. The secure the future outreach ensured that every out of school child in the community was restored back to school and provided with school materials. We also provided food and financial assistance to the most vulnerable households in the community. The Tarkwa Bay outreach benefited 87 children directly.
Araromi is a rural community in Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State. As at July, 2019, more than 40% of the children living in Araromi were out of school while a large number of those who were in the school lacked basic school material supplies. In the course of the secure the future outreach, we ensured that ensured that every child in that community received school materials and facilitated the re-enrollment of those who were out of school. Also, through our partnership with the community health center, free healthcare services were provided to every household in the community. In all, 452 children and households in Araromi benefited from this outreach.