Every child is entitled to a meaningful childhood. Sadly, many children do not have that opportunity. On the streets, children lose their rights to emotional, physical and social development. They lack quality healthcare, sound education and positive uplifting recreation. Without the security and comfort of a home, they are exposed to cruelty, abuse and exploitation. Since 2008, Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative has been working to help street children find home, find hope and find a future.
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This week in Lagos, Nigeria, I visited this remarkable NGO (Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative SCCWI) which provides a home & rehabilitation for young boys & teens who have been street children. There are huge numbers of street children in the city, living up in very dangerous situations where they are abused & exploited. This home offers a fresh start. I visited with the head of UNICEF’s Lagos office, & am full of admiration for their work.
“This piece is about such children, children who leave their homes for the streets to cater for themselves; children who are running from something or chasing something; children for whom something is “survival.” This is about restoration; about ex-street kids who now live in a home by Street Child Care Welfare Initiative (SCCWI), an NGO in Yaba.”
Some choose the corporate sector, some choose business, some entertain others with their beauty and words. Yet, there are people who are concerned with making a difference in the lives of many around them, those, whom the society generally looks upon as ‘STREET TOUTS”. Children who because of their unfortunate lottery in life, have been placed in the precarious position to live on the streets. Comfort Alli is one of such persons who has been associating and interacting with these street children for several years.