Through our first initiative, Care Continuity Challenge, we supported children, who had made the streets home, to be reconciled with their family and to have a better, more productive life. The three names represent three stages in the Initiative. Care is about reaching out and showing love by providing basic necessities; Continuity is about securing stability for each child, through reconciliation; Challenge is about addressing the long term needs of the child, who cannot be reconciled.
Fair Life Africa is now operating a second initiative, Disadvantage to Advantage (D2A!), drawing lessons from the CCC Initiative before it. Street children are no longer the focus group, but are still beneficiaries of the new programme. The focus is taken away from rehabilitation to enhancement, as we are targeting children (boys and girls between 9-17 years) with potential, though disadvantaged, to empower towards success! Ultimately, while CCC Initiative offered terminal interventions, D2A! adopts the children, supporting them, until they become mature and independent, to stand unsupported.
Through the Disadvantage to Advantage Initiative, Fair Life Africa aims to:
• Seek out children with potential for excellence, who are disadvantaged in society to support;
• ‘Adopt’ these children, and provide them with long-term succour and opportunities for growth (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and academic);
• Enrol children in schools/universities or vocational centres/technical colleges to learn and thrive;
• Groom and guide each child to locate their unique gifts and train them to utilise them for the betterment of themselves and society;
• Mediate between children/youths and societal agencies and structures, to enable them to navigate through the commercial, creative and political world and function successfully.
The project goal is thus summarised:
“To identify and support children with potential, but disadvantaged in society, and help them achieve success in life.”
At the FLA Home and Office in Lekki, Lagos, we can accommodate eight long-term resident children and four on respite at any given time. Support is given on a case by case basis, knowing that each child is different, and needs different interventions to achieve!
The main criteria for support through the programme are:
A. Recipients of support are children, boys and girls, who qualify for assessment between the ages of 9 and 17;
B. Recipients of support are disadvantaged in society, either by poverty in health or in wealth;
C. Recipients of support are bright and capable, with potential for excellence with adequate aid.
All referrals/candidates will be subjected to a period of assessment, to ascertain their claim to poverty in health or in wealth, and also to determine their skills and potentials. A decision to adopt will be taken on a case by case basis, subject to the capacity of the organisation to provide long-term benevolence to the child. Those who qualify for support from the Disadvantage to Advantage Programme will gain access to the following opportunities:
- Primary and/or Secondary education
- Tertiary education
- Vocational and/or Technical education
- Arts and Sports Training/Development
- Life Skills Training
- Guidance Counselling
- General health care and treatment
- Internships and Apprenticeships
- Small Business grants
- Employment support
Fair Life Africa will be a medium, a facilitator and a benefactor to children within the community, who require assistance to defeat an inherent or structural disadvantage.