Fair Life Africa provides a transitional home, and offers an academic year rehabilitation programme for 12 boys (5-17yrs) to receive respite from the streets of Lagos and care in a child-friendly environment. The children will receive counselling, education and empowerment. Reconciliation will be sought with their families, and each family will be supported to enable them to have better life chances. This includes medical, therapeutic, educational, vocational or financial support as needed.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Street children are a growing phenomenon is every city of the world, and family breakdown is the greatest factor. Oshodi is a popular spot where children spend their days working, being abused or exploited, unable or unwilling to return home due to poverty, abuse or family conflict. They are denied their rights as children to go to school and be cared for in a home. FLA offers children an alternative to Oshodi; we give care, restore hope and purpose and support families to overcome poverty
How will this project solve this problem?
Fair Life Africa provides short-term accommodation. Our caring and skilled staff will support and empower the children with life-skills and self-esteem. During their rehabilitation, we investigate their family background and facilitate contact and reconciliation between children and their families. We offer counselling and therapeutic support, vocational and educational sponsorship, medical aid and financial assistance to enable full social reintegration, and reduce the risk of family breakdown
Potential Long Term Impact
The project does not only deal with the effects but addresses the causes of the street child problem in Lagos. Solution is sought at the family level, which is the basic unit of society. For every successful reconciliation, we would have improved the life of a child, their family and their immediate community. We also improve the wider society by redeeming a child from the path of crime, drugs and poverty, and giving them a chance to become functional adults, who can lead the next generation.
Total Funding Received to Date: $13,196
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $111,804
Total Funding Goal: $125,000