Our initiative started with an outreach organised at the Durumi internally displaced persons camp in Abuja in December 2016. As a team of volunteers, we celebrated a Christmas party with over 350 children residing in the camp. This event prompted the awareness of the need for a sustainable development initiative that provides for the psychological and welfare needs of the children.
We created a poultry project which successfully attracted the participation of the children followed by the setting up of a makeshift school that provided basic (Arithmetic and English?) tutorial classes. The poultry project united and fostered friendship among the children besides inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit amongst them as they reared and sold the chickens and eggs. The proceeds of their endeavours were remitted towards financing their education.
With a large population of out of school children in the camp, we decided to enrol some of them in school within the community. In 2017, we ran a pilot-test of the school enrolment project. Based on its success, we registered as an NGO and became incorporated in February 2018. By 2018, the total number of children enrolled grew to 200.
In September 2018, we introduced educational technology to the children through our EduTech project, which was the first time most of our beneficiaries experienced digital learning using android tablets.
In 2019, We launched the first edition of our annual event tagged “Connecting with Young Shapers”. This event hosted the beneficiaries of our projects featuring interactive sessions that focus on understanding the needs of the children, learning, and fun activities. This event was a great experience for the children as it allowed them to engage in social spaces outside the camps. In the same year, we further scaled our EduTech project by increasing our reach to public schools and other local communities in Nigeria.
In 2020, we hosted the second edition of “Connecting with Young Shapers” and also collaborated with the Israeli community in Nigeria to deliver COVID-19 palliatives to the IDP Camp in Abuja.