The Need

Nigeria has a massive population of over 200 million citizens, 45% of which are children under the age of 15. According to UNICEF about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11-year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education. Despite the fact that education is free, this problem is still traceable to extreme poverty, a high level of illiteracy and a crumbling family institution which has birthed a very faulty mindset and delusion in young people from this demography.

Unfortunately, this parasitic mindset has eaten deep into the majority of the lower class. We, therefore, have many children roaming about the streets with no definite engagement. While some are purely looking for ways to make ends meet others are armed with intentions to undergo various criminal activities however possible. This has made our streets very dangerous both for these young ones and well-meaning Nigerian going about their daily activities. Crime is constantly on the rise and a rapidly growing population without a solid plan for the transformation of the equally growing street kids’ population is a disaster waiting to be unleashed.

Our Approach

Without a doubt, education, strong support, gainful positive exposure and value reorientation are the elements needed to achieve the desired change and paradigm shift in these young ones. Project DRIFT aims to employ these tools among others in gradually winning these children over from the streets with a goal of integrating them back into the society as individuals with new goals, approaches, and mindsets, pursuing noble causes and taking responsibility for their lives and successes. We believe some of these kids and young people have huge potential and only need such potentials to be well directed and improved on. We would be taking participants in this project through need-based pieces of training on Financial Intelligence, career mapping, life mapping, entrepreneurship, and leadership. We believe that successful street win-overs would greatly influence street life in Nigeria positively and over the years we would gradually achieve lower crime rates, a more responsible youth population resulting in higher productivity and better leadership for our Nation.

The project impacts