[challenge:future] remand children restoration project


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2. PHOTO FROM OUR WORKOUR MENTORS AND COUNSELLORS IN ACTION DURING THE PHASE 1OF THE PROJECT EXECUTION IN THE CITY OF ABEOKUTA,NIGERIA 2011 3. PHOTOS FROM OUR WORK PICTURES FROM OUR COUNSELLING AND TRAINING SECTION WITH SOME OF THE CHILDREN. 4. What is your project/action? Remand homes were established by the Nigerian government, in the main cities of the country, to carefor abandoned children, aged from three months to eight years old, as well as beyond parentalcontrol children. Presently (2011), the remand homes are sometimes used as a dumping ground for children that do notfit anywhere else. The poor living conditions at the remand homes constitute a violation of thechildren s right to health, nutrition, education, and recreation. Lack of appropriate medical treatment can be seen in the children s skin rashes and sores. In somecases, the older children do not go to school nor do receive any education at the remand home. Supervision at these homes is minimal, there is no privacy and the children are often exposed toabuse, often kept under lock and key, forced to sleep in beds without mattresses, or with very old anddirty mattresses and pillows. Malnutrition manifests itself in the smaller children, showing in theirinability to walk or sit, motor retardation, muscle atrophy, lack of teeth and problems with hair andskin. They wash their clothes, carry water, light fires of wood when kerosene is not available; they canspend years doing these and other tasks without having the opportunity of performing activitiessuitable for their age group. However, our project aim is to give unaccompanied children (mainly children from the streets, first-time offenders, and children who are orphaned, abandoned or have been affected by armed conflict)counseling, education, training and support to empower them to become self-reliant. Since 2010 wehave been running vocational training centre and Abeokuta Remand Home and it is expected to benefitover 50,000 youth through psychosocial support, technical education and business skills trainingfollowed by apprenticeship and industrial placements, which will includehousing, training, feeding, medication and post-vocational support. In the long run, we hope toguarantee employment and mitigate the youths susceptibility to risks related topoverty, marginalization and deviant behavior. 5. What is the target group you are helping and why? Our target group are remanded, isolated, abandoned, anddisable youths, and children,. These groups lack theadvantages and opportunities that are enjoyed by us and othersin our world. They are often deprived of rights and opportunitiesin life so many of them feel frustrated and end up committingsuicide. So we see this program as an opportunity to bringsanity into their lives. 6. What did you want to achieve and what are the actual results regarding people engaged in theaction, volunteering hours invested by the team for project developmentand implementation, and how many people have been impacted? The campaign is working to build a better bottom line for youths, and children in the remand home across Nigeria to transform their lives via skill building, counseling, education, training and support to empower them to become self-reliant. We are about: Building community demand for results, by mobilizing residents and stakeholders around an equity agenda, creating opportunity for youths and children and transforming neighborhoods. The campaign is about higher aspirations, and about providing both the expectation of a better future and the connections and collective power to pursue it. Creating new connections to systems and organizations by creating new avenues and approaches for interacting with systems that otherwise pose barrier. Transforming the environment to sustain the change, creating family-centered, equitable, results- focused systems that work for all young people. IMPACT The project began in 2010 as a Nigerian youth-led project under Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeriathat provides counseling, education, training and support to empower youth and children in remandhomes to become self-reliant Since our inception, we have successfully trained and impacted over700 youths and children. Over 100 of our students have started numerous social enterprises inNigeria. Our Students have directly impacted over 2,000 depressed communities and created tens ofthousands of naira in value for their community, and have already started to replicate their innovativesolutions in Nigeria. Results Over 700 youths and children, led by 27 Mentors, at 24 diverse partner homes in six geographicclusters across Nigeria are currently participating under this project. Even though the curriculumonly launched on March 4 of 2010, already Scholars at 12 of the 24 partner homes have started tocreate social enterprises in their communities ranging from a vegetable selling business to increasenutrition among the student body to a social enterprise that trains widows in the community to makejewelry as a source of income. Furthermore, over 300 children are now gradually been transform andengaged in educational activities across the partner homes 7. How was your action relevant and effective? What has been the feedbackfrom youth impacted by your action? This project is relevant and effective because of its multi-pronged approach to human rights through legal support to youth and children at risk and in conflict with the law, skills training and follow up for youth from difficult socio-economic backgrounds. We seek to promote the fundamental human rights of the beneficiaries through legal assistance, provision of education and training, physiological and psychosocial support. The feed backs has been wonderful has we are presently been invited to other at risk sector to carry out the same project. This as also lead to our collaboration and partnership with Almonsour Women Organization. 8. Was your action/project innovative? Are there any similar projects/actions alreadyon local or global level? Please describe. Rather than building a single highly powerful Remand home or developing aleadership or social entrepreneurship program outside of the formal educationsystem we works within existing Remand homes. we take the most effectivecomponents (namely the curriculum, mentoring, and empowerment) of top socialorganization and programs around the world and brings them to existing Remandhomes across Nigeria. Within these homes we are able to accomplish a similarmission to a leadership academy or social entrepreneurship program; however, weincorporate the creation of a social enterprise, social change curriculum, and long-term mentoring into the education system itself. Our approach allows us to: 1. Reach a much larger number of abandoned children and youths; and 2. build the capacity of the home system from within. Unlike other organizations, our program introduces a practical component ofstudent-run social enterprises. The experience Scholars gain with socialentrepreneurship equips the next generation to identify opportunities to addresscommunity challenges in effective, innovative, and sustainable ways. In the region were we serve, we are presently the only one operating such project.Globally there are other organizations doing the same. However, our methodologyhas been found effective in this region. 9. Is there potential to go with this project/action further? Could you bring thisidea on regional or even global level? There is a great opportunity to take this project globally. However, In order togrow , we need funds and staff to work with the project ,partners to supportexpanded training, technical assistance and program support for effectivesustainability efforts implemented through this program. We need to strengthenvalue for Network volunteers, and create conditions for broad based financialsupport. 10. TEAM MEMBERS MR MICHAEL IYANRO MS TESSY SHOSOWEN