The outreach kicked off by 2:00pm, to the delight of Igosun community members volunteers of the Dreams from the Slum Initiative (DFTS) were gladly received and ushered into the community hall. The Oyo state chapter coordinator, Ms. Omolara Akinade-Otun introduced the organization. In her introduction, Ms. Akinade-Otun welcomed the community Chief; Chief Oyeleke Oyekola, elders, teenage mothers and children to the outreach.
She stated that the outreach was an initiative of DFTS and further explained that the vision of the organization was to reach out to most vulnerable children living in remote and desolate community slums thereby making their dreams become a reality.
The breaking into sessions followed the opening and welcome address. The teenage mothers’ session was coordinated by Ms. Funmi Adeniyi while the children session was coordinated by Ms. Ife Waton. Other volunteers present at the outreach were assigned to either of the two groups.
Facilitators engaged the teenage mothers on personal hygiene, family planning and the need for a vocation.
GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE
Ms. Funmi Adeniyi facilitated the discussion on good personal hygiene. She narrated that everyday personal hygiene is basically about washing hands, covering mouth when coughing and keeping clean. She mentioned that teenage mothers can only be good role model to their children by demonstrating good personal hygiene habits. She further said that keeping clean is an important part of staying healthy. She expressed that the simple act of washing hands before eating and after using the toilet has proven to be an effective tool for fighting germs and avoiding sickness.
Progressively, Ms. Adeniyi said that 68,000 children in Nigeria fewer than five years old die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. She concluded saying diarrhoea is the second largest killer of children in the country, after malaria and that teenage mother must adopt basic hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap at critical times and by doing so families can reduce diarrheal diseases in children by as much as 44%.