Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Shelf : CHECKED!



We received donated book shelf at our children learning centre, this morning. Thank you to our friend, and staff of Standard Chartered bank. Thank you!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Haven: Place of Refuge, Safety!

 

"At 8 years, Ibrahim is just learning to write Numbers and Alphabets as shown in the photograph attached while Kolade and his brother stopped schooling since 2013 due to lack of funding. etc"*

*Today, we welcome the 23rd child into our learning centre -Haven Schools,** a
non-profit school, strictly for vulnerable, out-of-school children in Ikola Odunsi Community, Alimosho.** We truly wouldn't have been able to do this so swiftly without the timely support received from our Sponsor -UPS. Huge appreciation, always!*

Tomorrow, 19th of May, we would be having meeting with guardians, parents of the children. PS: Haven Schools is a non-paying school for vulnerable, out-of-school children. Teachers salaries are paid from donations received while we hope to get sponsors for most of the children as soon as new academic term begins in September.

To Sponsor a Child in Haven Schools would cost N20,000 per term, this would cover textbooks, notebooks, uniform, cardigan and sometimes lunch!

Our Wishlist: Computer Systems, Chairs and Desks and a BLUE BOX!!

For support, kindly contact us at: rsnnigeria@ gmail.com!

Thank you always for being our Friend, Child Sponsor, Mentor, and Donor.





*"Haven: Place of Refuge, Safety, Changing every child's story!"*

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mentoring Orientation Exercise for High School Teachers, 2015!


Yesterday, we coordinated a Mentoring Orientation exercise for High School Teachers of Oshodi Comprehensive Senior High School, Oshodi. These teachers have volunteered to mentor young people, using mentoring as a pragmatic approach to improving on academic performance of the students. 


We want to use this opportunity to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our Special Guests of Honour: Mr. Omotayo Olufemi (Publisher, CEO of EntrepreNEWS) and  Barrister Taiwo Akinlami​ a Child's Right Activist and Consultant with UNICEF. 

We thank you very much for showing up. Zillion thanks to our Sponsor: United Parcel Service (UPS) for making this possible.













Thursday, May 14, 2015

Donated Office Furniture..

We are very thankful to our wonderful friend and partner, Don McBurney of A Ray of Hope, UK for the donation of Office Furniture to one of our Centres! Thank you very much. We appreciate all you do to support the education programs of disadvantaged young people. 





Thank You, A Ray Of Hope!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NewsFlash

Tomorrow, we have been invited to facilitate a Mentoring Orientation Session for Some Public High School Teachers. Aside teaching, these teachers have volunteer to mentor young people in their school, using mentoring as an approach to improving on the academic performance of the students. #WhenTeachersMentor.
GuestSpeakers: #OlufemiOmotayo #TaiwoAkinlami..

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We Never Fully Understood...

...We understand she stays with her granny. Yesterday, granny brought her to our learning centre so she could learn. And, so today, we were going to ask her a few questions (interview) so we could know what class to put her. After a brief introduction...and question about her level of education, we asked about her momma...there was a tear-drop...'she is dead'. Then, about her father...her eyes were soaked, already. He is dead, too. I feel so touched. Now, I wish we never asked her. That was the end of our interview session with her. [Memorable Moment At Our learning centre, today, 12th May, 2015]

#Street2SchoolInitiative #WhatSomeChildrenGoThrough‪ #TheEmotions #Children #Education #EveryChildDeservesAChance

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The ban on employment of under-12 house helps: A Welcome Development.


In a long overdue move, the Fed­eral Government has prohibited the employment of children below the age of 12 as domestic helps in a new Act signed by President Goodluck Jonathan. Christened the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, the new law recommends a prison term of two years and a possible fine for violators. The law also prohibits the exploitation of domestic helps who are under 18 years.
This law is a huge relief to parents and the many governmental and non-governmental agencies that have en­gaged in advocacy for the rights of chil­dren, especially, the girl-child. The long history of abuse of this category of chil­dren is an open secret in the country. The question had always been when the country would rise in the defence of these vulnerable children? Thank God, a reprieve has finally come their way.
To be sure, the situation has always been a complicated one. The exigen­cies of modern living and the rise in the incidence of working mothers have ensured that domestic helps would be needed to help with house chores. Hence, working couples go all out to find the much-needed support. In the process, children who themselves sore­ly need parental care and mentoring are brought into new homes to perform omnibus assignments for miserly fees that are hardly commensurate with their exertions.
Of course, the phenomenon of under-age help is linked to the high incidence of physical, mental and, sometimes, sexual abuse of the unfortunate chil­dren. Sadly, too, the adult male helps have been known to subject innocent children who they are supposed to care for to all kinds of sexual and physical abuse. Otherwise, in the not so distant past, the preference was for the use of grown teenagers or adults who were mostly relatives of their employers, who mostly treated them as members of their families. The rights to freedom and education of the older house helps were at that time mostly preserved.
Not anymore. These days, these young children are denied education and oth­er basic freedoms. They are locked in their new homes and mostly restricted to their strict regimens. They are at the mercy of their bosses, denied access to education and other basic liberties—all for a pittance.
Nigeria as a signatory to the Child Rights Act could not have continued to turn a blind eye to this unwholesome development. On the contrary, govern­ment must be seen to protect the inter­est of its most vulnerable citizens. This is the benefit of the new law, and we commend government for the bold ini­tiative.
Some may argue that the penalty does not go far enough. But the truth is that no right thinking citizen would want to go to jail on account of a breach of this social law or live with the odium it would bring. The truth, as we argued earlier on, is that the average Nige­rian is his brother’s keeper. The new phenomenon of child exploitation and abuse is a relatively new one which we hope the new law will curb.
Come to think of it, who in their right senses would want to employ a 12-year old? And what manner of chores can their energies and little experience af­ford? These are some of the deeper considerations that should support the new law. Such children ideally should be with their parents and pur­suing their dreams of a glorious future. When parents are unable to provide them with these basic rights, those who step in should adopt them as children and afford them these dreams as they would their own biological children. When this is not possible, they should please leave the minors alone.
And, this is where our governments, charitable organisations and philan­thropic individuals come in. In the modern world, wealth is no longer measured in cash, but by the amount of good works done with it. We are glad that the awareness is gradually dawn­ing on our governments and people, but there is still a lot to be done. The rights of children, especially vulnerable children, must be protected by all if we hope to make the transition into the comity of civilised and advanced na­tions. This is what we believe our gov­ernments, in conjunction with all well meaning citizens, must do.

Culled from The Sun Newspaper