[Challenge:Future] REMAND CHILDREN RESTORATION PROJECT
1. PROJECT STATUS: FINAL SUBMISSION
PROJECT TITLE: REMAND CHILDREN
TEAM LEADER: MR. MICHAEL IYANRO
IMPACTED UNDERPRIVILEGED GROUP
I. REMANDED, ABANDONED, DISABLED,
NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE TEAM: 12
VOLUNTEERING HOURS SPENT: 7 HOURS/DAY, 5DAYS/WEEK
NUMBER OF YOUTH/PEOPLE IMPACTED: 700
PERIOD OF PROJECT/ACTION: 2010-2015
4. •What is your project/action?
Remand homes were established by the Nigerian government, in the main cities of the country, to
care for abandoned children, aged from three months to eight years old, as well as ”beyond parental
Presently (2011), the remand homes are sometimes used as a dumping ground for children that do
not fit anywhere else. The poor living conditions at the remand homes constitute a violation of the
children s right to health, nutrition, education, and recreation.
Lack of appropriate medical treatment can be seen in the children s skin rashes and sores. In some
cases, the older children do not go to school nor do receive any education at the remand home.
Occasionally various church groups visit the children and give them religious instruction.
Supervision at these homes is minimal, there is no privacy and the children are often exposed to
abuse, often kept under lock and key, forced to sleep in beds without mattresses, or with very old
and dirty mattresses and pillows. Malnutrition manifests itself in the smaller children, showing in their
inability to walk or sit, motor retardation, muscle atrophy, lack of teeth and problems with hair and
Volunteer groups sometimes provide toys that soon disappear or are locked away. Some children
are forced to work and attend to the smaller ones.
They wash their clothes, carry water, light fires of wood when kerosene is not available; they can
spend years doing these and other tasks without having the opportunity of performing activities
suitable for their age group.
However, our project aim is to give unaccompanied children (mainly children from the streets, first-
time offenders, and children who are orphaned, abandoned or have been affected by armed conflict)
counseling, education, training and support to empower them to become self-reliant. Since 2010 we
have been running vocational training centre and Abeokuta Remand Home and it is expected to
benefit over 50,000 youth through psychosocial support, technical education and business skills
training followed by apprenticeship and industrial placements, which will include housing, training,
feeding, medication and post-vocational support. In the long run, we hope to guarantee employment
and mitigate the youth’s susceptibility to risks related to poverty, marginalization and deviant
5. •What is the target group you are helping and why?
Our target group are remanded, isolated, abandoned, and disable youths, and children,. These
groups lack the advantages and opportunities that are enjoyed by us and others in our world. They
are often deprived of rights and opportunities in life so many of them feel frustrated and end up
committing suicide. So we see this program as an opportunity to bring sanity into their lives.
6. •What did you want to achieve and what are the actual results regarding people engaged in the
action, volunteering hours invested by the team for project development and implementation,
and how many people have been impacted?
The campaign is working to build a better bottom line for youths, and children in the remand home
across Nigeria to transform their lives via skill building, counseling, education, training and support
to empower them to become self-reliant. We are about:
• Building community demand for results, by mobilizing residents and stakeholders around an equity
agenda, creating opportunity for youths and children and transforming neighborhoods. The campaign
is about higher aspirations, and about providing both the expectation of a better future and the
connections and collective power to pursue it.
• Creating new connections to systems and organizations by creating new avenues and approaches
for interacting with systems that otherwise pose barrier.
• Transforming the environment to sustain the change, creating family-centered, equitable, results-
focused systems that work for all young people.
The project began in 2010 as a Nigerian youth-led project under Rainbow Gate Foundation Nigeria
that provides counseling, education, training and support to empower youth and children in remand
homes to become self-reliant Since our inception, we have successfully trained and impacted over
700 youths and children. Over 100 of our students have started numerous social enterprises in
Nigeria. Our Students have directly impacted over 2,000 depressed communities and created tens of
thousands of naira in value for their community, and have already started to replicate their innovative
solutions in Nigeria.
Over 700 youths and children, led by 27 Mentors, at 24 diverse partner homes in six geographic
clusters across Nigeria are currently participating under this project. Even though the curriculum only
launched on March 4 of 2010, already Scholars at 12 of the 24 partner homes have started to create
social enterprises in their communities ranging from a vegetable selling business to increase nutrition
among the student body to a social enterprise that trains widows in the community to make jewelry
as a source of income. Furthermore, over 300 children are now gradually been transform and
engaged in educational activities across the partner homes
7. •How was your action relevant and effective? What has been the feedback
from youth impacted by your action?
This project is relevant and effective because of its multi-pronged approach to human rights
through legal support to youth and children at risk and in conflict with the law, skills training and
follow up for youth from difficult socio-economic backgrounds. We seek to promote the
fundamental human rights of the beneficiaries through legal assistance, provision of education and
training, physiological and psychosocial support. The feed backs has been wonderful has we are
presently been invited to other at risk sector to carry out the same project. This as also lead to our
collaboration and partnership with Almonsour Women Organization.
8. •Was your action/project innovative? Are there any similar projects/actions already
on local or global level? Please describe.
Rather than building a single highly powerful Remand home or developing a
leadership or social entrepreneurship program outside of the formal education system
we works within existing Remand homes. we take the most effective components
(namely the curriculum, mentoring, and empowerment) of top social organization and
programs around the world and brings them to existing Remand homes across
Nigeria. Within these homes we are able to accomplish a similar mission to a
leadership academy or social entrepreneurship program; however, we incorporate the
creation of a social enterprise, social change curriculum, and long-term mentoring into
the education system itself. Our approach allows us to: 1. Reach a much larger
number of abandoned children and youths; and 2. build the capacity of the home
system from within.
Unlike other organizations, our program introduces a practical component of student-
run social enterprises. The experience Scholars gain with social entrepreneurship
equips the next generation to identify opportunities to address community challenges
in effective, innovative, and sustainable ways.
In the region were we serve, we presently the only one operating such project.
Globally there are other organizations doing the same. However, our
methodology has been found effective in this region.
9. •Is there potential to go with this project/action further? Could you bring this
idea on regional or even global level?
There is a great opportunity to take this project globally. However, In order to grow , we need funds
and staff to work with the project ,partners to support expanded training, technical assistance and
program support for effective sustainability efforts implemented through this program. We need to
strengthen value for Network volunteers, and create conditions for broad based financial support.
10. TEAM MEMBERS
MR MICHAEL IYANRO
ENGR. BABALOLA OLUSOLA
MS. ESTHER NWAFOR
ENGR. OGHENE OBARO
DR KELECHI ONYEIKE
ARC. PHILIPS ODEKUNLE
MS. OGECHI NWOKEDI
MS. TAYO AJAYI
MS. ADERONKE AJIBADE
MS. TANWA ISLAMIAT
MR. SIMON PETER
MR. JAMES JONAH