Dreams From The Slum ®
Lateef Bello on the boat heading home
Every year on the 27th of May is children’s day celebration in Nigeria. It is a day set aside for the Nigerian Child to celebrate their uniqueness, engage in different fun activities with the aim of enjoying themselves.
Tope Adekambi also had his face painted
But for kids in Araromi Community in Ajegunle, Childrens Day is just a normal day for them as they are usually at home and not engaged in anything new or special.
DFTS Logistics manager, Chukwudi Lazarus with a child
The plight of this children living in Araromi community ignited the collaboration between One African Child Foundation, Dreams from the slum initiative, Young Protégé Leadership Academy and Galaxy for Peace to bring about a change as it is believed that often time, the best way to help someone is just to be near them and this was the inspiration behind this organizations coming together to host a childrens day special time out with children living in the community.
DFTS creative director Stephen Korede painting the face of a child
According to Victoria Ibiwoye, One African Child wanted to do something unique on childrens day and we thought about visiting a community slum, this inspired our collaboration with Dreams from the slum initiative and other partner organization to celebrate the day with the children as we ensure we infuse some values and morals that they should live with.
Children paying rapt attention
“ The children have so much dreams and aspiration and one of the aims of the special childrens day time out is to make them believe that they can be whatever they set their mind to be,that’s why we teach children leadership through our protégé lead game which was also introduced to the children in Araromi Community… Akinnike Michael added.”
The children did not only experience what childrens day is all about through fun via various therapy but they also learnt how to show love and empathy to one another.
According to Isaac success, founder of Dreams from the slum ; we believe that in less than ten years time, Araromi Community will be a community to be recone with as we are on a process towards building the first library for the children.