about the makoko dream
“Our philosophy is that “Every Child Counts” to we work daily to ensure that every child in makoko attain quality education develop their talents and achieve their dreams”
Our vision is that one day, all children in Makoko, in Nigeria, and in Africa, will have the opportunity to attain a quality education, develop their talents, and achieve their dreams. Slum communities like Makoko will develop and maintain the sustainable infrastructure needed to have healthy communities with desirable living conditions
To reinforce the philosophy that “Every Child Counts” by enabling the children of Makoko to have access to quality education and developmental activities, encouraging the empowerment of young girls and women, and collaborating as a community partner to address educational, social, economic, spiritual, and overall health issues and needs. One touch…many lives.
about the makoko community
Makoko is a slum community of approximately 300,000 people; roughly half of the people live on the water, in wooden shacks built on stilts in the blackish, thickly-polluted lagoon in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. Most of the houses lack public water, electricity, or waste disposal. Makoko Waterside settlers are exposed to water-borne diseases like Cholera, Dysentery, Malaria etc. Travel is via canoe, along the vast maze of waterways throughout the community.
The Makoko indigenes live on less than $1 per day. The Waterside residents are predominantly fishermen. There are presently over 30,000 children not in school, just in the Makoko community alone. Child labor is a major problem in Makoko community. Many children’s childhoods are taken away from them. There is a high number of unemployed youth, and this number continues to grow, when children are not educated. They have no hopes or dreams for the future. They are faced with a future of continuing to live in poverty, and not having any job skills. There is untapped potential in these children, as we have been able to see with the ones that have been enrolled in TMD.
Many Makoko children and youth have not been exposed to the world outside Makoko. These children have been confined to living on water most of their lives and have a phobia of land. Due to the neglect of the Waterside children in Makoko, most of them are ignorant of happenings outside the community. Makoko women typically face a life of teenage pregnancy, inadequate maternal health, and continued poverty. Their health is compromised by the fact that often, unsanitary methods are used for childbirth, as well as menstrual periods. Many do not have access to sanitary pads. Families continue to grow, but income does not; thus, perpetuating the extreme poverty, and the crowded living conditions that they live in. The population of the community continues to rise, with little economic means of support.