The Kuramo Intervention Project was targeted at rescuing homeless children at the then Kuramo slum. Although a fun hide-out, the relatively subdued reality of some of the beaches is that they are also a haven to squatters, criminals, commercial sex workers and drug addicts. The Lagos shoreline presents an unpleasant metaphor for poverty and social inequity. Scores of homeless children who have fled home or are orphaned live on the beachfront; begging, hawking, smoking, drinking, doing illicit drugs engaging in commercial sex work. A significant number of these children were displaced from the Kuramo/Bar Beach shoreline, Marwa, Ghetto and other slums along the Atlantic. They remain as exposed, perhaps even more exposed, in the new environment. The success of this intervention lies in the story of lives that have been transformed from the destitution of life on the beachfront. Through this initiative, the Trust is rehabilitating some of these children and relocating them from the streets. The Trust provides food, clothing, education, health care, guidance, counseling, mentoring and other child protective services to the resettled children in various domestic settings.
We work with communities to identify and findsolutions to issues which affect the quality of lives of children. This provides an environment for close interaction with the social background where the children we work with come from and helps us to understand the most culturally appropriate and effective way to modify their social conduct to what is socially acceptable.
In the course of community outreaches, we often encounter situations that require our immediate action. We provide short term relief in deserving cases while we work on more sustainable ways to bring change
Residential Learning and Rehabilitation Centre
The Trust operates a residential learning and rehabilitation centre inIbeju-Lekki, Lagos. Through this initiative, The Destiny Trust is adopting innovative methods toengage children in activities leading to improved academic abilities and acquisition of creative and recreational skills. We anticipate the prospects of this initiative providing an opportunity for children to acquire skills in arts, fashion design, computer programming, sports, music and other vocational fields.
The Education Bridge Programme
In addition to providing education sponsorship to homeless children under our foster care, we run an accelerated learning programmeto prepare out-of-school children for schooling before being mainstreamed into formal schools. Out-of-school children, perhaps due to lack of opportunity of early childhood education, encounter major learning difficulties when they are eventually enrolled in school. This accelerated learning programme focuses on aspects of basic literacy, numeracy, and civic responsibility and prepares children psychologically for schooling. Ultimately, children are enrolled in formal schools. After enrollment, the Trust continues to provide funding and after-school support to these children whose parents are predominantly illiterate and cannot assist with homework. The relevance of this community-based initiative is the possibility of assisting out-of-school children to develop learning interest and receive foundational education before ultimate enrollment in school. With this preparation, the children can go through the challenges of education in regular schools without any sense of loss or discouragement over what they perceive others know and they do not know.
SCHOOL ENROLMENT & BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE
Every school year, scores of out-of-school children get the opportunity to be in school for the first time with the support of the Destiny Trust. We provide all the materials the children need for learning and support the under-resourced schools in their communities to ensure that the children have a rewarding learning experience. Between 2014 and 2015, we supported over 100 children to be enrolled in school or to go back to school. While we are delighted about the growing communal awareness on the need to educate children, we seek to increase our capacity to help as many children that need us to get the bare necessities of basic educational materials to be in school.
We are setting up and operating afterschool centres in slums and poor communities in Lagos.Children within disadvantaged groups usually lack home educational support because their parents are predominantly illiterate. Due to a lack of afterschool support, early childhood education and poor quality of education in public schools, these children encounter major learning difficulties and may never get the balance required to go through a lifetime academic career. To secure the right to education of deprived urban children more effectively, there is a need to create support systems within their communities to improve the quality of learning.At each Afterschool Centres, a team of dedicated teachers and volunteers will assist children with homework, identify children with major learning difficulties and seek to help them overcome the difficulties. The afterschool programme will focus on aspects of basic literacy, numeracy and help improve children’s learning interest and ability.
The first most important step toward learning is acquiring the basic ability to read and write. The ability to read is also crucial to a child’s capacity to receive relevant informationand to find self-expression. Many children from disadvantaged communities lack this foundational ability even at upper primary school levels. To address this problem, we are working to implement a simple and inclusive literacy programme with an initial capacity to teach over 1,000 children annually how to read and write.We hope to make learning to read and write fun for the children. We are also committed to providing resources, incentives and training for teachers toward improving literacy for children.