THE ‘NET A CHILD PROJECT’ OF SLUM2SCHOOL

The Slum2School Project focuses on community sensitization on the importance of education and also providing kids with the opportunity of attending school.

It also entails the provision of school materials which includes, school bags, books, shoes and uniforms for the children. Monitoring and evaluation also forms part of the project scope which is the key for sustainability. World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. This year, the Slum2School Project went into one of the communities (Makoko) in Lagos and gave out mosquito nets to kids. Makoko is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos. There’s been a lot of talk around Makoko.

It’s been the subject of a lot of international debate, most judge Nigeria by looking at Makoko alone. I met Otto Orondaam at a symposium in Ekiti and I thought i’d take part in the project on the 25th. That was my first time in Makoko. I found it a little surprising that the street that read ‘Makoko’ off Herbert Macaulay, Yaba had so many good looking houses. The contrast between these houses and the ‘slum’ was so sharp and it just felt really awkward. I eventually found out that the pictures didn’t even start to describe what Makoko really was. There’s so much that needs to be done, and I don’t think we should all be pointing at the government (what has come out from years of doing this?). It was then I really began to appreciate the work Otto and the Slum2School project are doing. So much rehabilitation needs to be done, and this is a great start.

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