OFF THE STREETS

  1. OFF THE STREETS PROJECT

    Off The Streets is a community project working for Almajiri children in Borno State who are facing challenges of exclusion from school, ignorance, recruitment into insurgent groups, neglect and abuse. We support these children by catering for them through the provision of food and clothing and at the same time prepare them for western education through our mentoring program.

    Since starting in 2013, Off The Streets Project has consistently supported Almajiri children with the basic tools they need to achieve a meaningful life, offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of support.

    The project’s services include food and clothing delivery, education support, and a mentoring program. The project is facilitated on every step by volunteers.

    (1)…ABOUT OFF THE STREETS PROJECT

    Off The Streets is a community project working for Almajiri children in Borno State who are facing challenges of exclusion from school, ignorance, recruitment into insurgent groups, neglect and abuse. We support these children by catering for them through the provision of food and clothing and at the same time prepare them for western education through our mentoring program.

    Since starting in 2013, Off The Streets Project has consistently supported Almajiri children with the basic tools they need to achieve a meaningful life, offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.

    It is our goal that children benefiting from our support will stay off the streets, imbibe good morals and achieve basic primary education.

    The Almajiri Child

    Almajiri children or Almajiris (as they are sometimes known) are usually children of school age who are sent, by their parents, to live with a local Islamic teacher who usually makes them fend for themselves by begging. It is mostly common in the northern part of Nigeria and contributes a significant figure to the official 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria. The system which started in northern Nigeria around the eleventh century AD, involves sending male children to faraway places to acquire Islamic education at tender ages of four to nine years. Its success in the past was because the host community took responsibility for the children’s welfare. Today the Almajiris are left at the mercy of their teachers or instructors who convert them into street beggars. The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), disclosed in April 2012, that there were over 9.5 million Almajiri children that are denied the right to basic primary education in the country.

    Project Vision

    The vision of Off The Streets Project is that we are well prepared and can afford to ensure that all Almajiri children get a good life and achieve basic primary education.

    Project Mission

    Off The Streets Project is helping Almajiri children grow out of the stronghold of violence, ignorance and poverty, by providing opportunities to facilitate development through proper living, mentorship and education.

    (2)…HOW THE PROJECT WORKS

    Off The Streets Project recognize that in terms of disadvantage, there is no group in Nigeria facing more challenges than Almajiri children living in Borno State. There are Almajiri children in Borno who are currently been recruited into major insurgent groups terrorizing the Northern part of the country. Their sponsors take advantage their naivety, poor background and ignorance to achieve their aim. And with over 1.8 million Almajiri children roaming the streets begging for alms, Borno State could be on the verge of having millions of vulnerable children become a threat not only to Nigeria’s peace, but also to global security.

    Mentoring Program

    Off The Streets Project aim to improve outcomes for Almajiri children in Borno State by offering Mentoring Programs that are designed to support and develop the child’s character. Off The Streets Project works across the state ensuring the rights, needs and aspirations of Almajiri children are considered in all activities and programs involving children in the state.We work in partnership with Almajiri Mallams (Teachers), government agencies and community members with the aim of continual and lasting improvement in outcomes for the children involved.

    Our Mission is to:

    Support Almajiri children to embrace the future – moving away from the streets and achieving universal primary education

    Our Mentoring Programs achieve this by focusing on:

    Building communication skills

    Teaching essential ethics and values

    Embracing friendship and unity across culture and religion

    Off The Streets Mentoring Program provides a platform for young people and adults who are role models to relate with a child by offering guidance, support and encouragement to help develop the child’s character.

    Feeding and Clothing Program

    Off The Street Project Van goes out every last weekend of the month in Maiduguri to Almajiri centers, delivering food stuffs, beverages and clothing to children in need. We reach out to about 10 major centers with a near total of 20,000 children every month.

    Education Program

    Off The Streets Project believes that education is the biggest tool that can used to defeat violence, ignorance and poverty. In Nigeria today, nearly 10.5 million children are denied the chance to go to school. A whooping 9.5 million of these children are Almajiris, out of which 1.8 million reside in Borno State. (Source: Universal Basic Education Commission)

    Off The Streets Project believe education is the key to preventing these young people from getting recruited into insurgent groups that have turned Borno State into the most dangerous state to live in Nigeria, owing to the high rate terrorist activities taking place in the area.

    At the start of every academic year, Off The Streets Project grants full sponsorship to at least 1,000 children by providing them with school uniforms, a book and a pen, a school bag and sandals.

    (3)…GET INVOLVED

    Off The Streets Project survive largely on the generosity of inpiduals, corporate organizations and businesses across Nigeria and beyond. Your support will help the project make a huge difference in the lives of Almajiri children in Borno State – it shows that you not only care about giving them a better future but you are willing to help us make it happen.

    Off The Streets Project is committed to ensuring that donated funds are used to assist Almajiri children in Borno State.

    You can support now!

    Call +2348038317368 to make a donation or send donations to 1 GAME Campaign, Bush House · Block 2, The Keton Luxury Apartments, Lokogoma-Apo Expressway · Abuja 540001 · Nigeria

    Cash Donation

    Off The Streets programs have been designed to address the challenges Almajiri children face. We value working with inpiduals and corporate organizations that are focused on making a positive contribution to the transforming of these children, in alignment with our objectives. As an organization committed to improving the wellbeing of Almajiris, we work closely with our partners to implement initiatives that meet the needs of everyone involved. Cash donations will cater for the needs of these children as the project will be able to provide food, beverages, clothing, shoes, school bags, sandals, pens and books for them.

    In Kind Donation

    If you or your organization is not in a position to sponsor, you may want to donate products or goods that will be will useful to the children. Food, beverages, clothing, shoes, bags, pens and books are perhaps the most vital items these children need.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are critical to accomplishing Off The Street’s mission and are valued members of the project team.

    Off The Streets Project volunteers aid in the distribution of food, beverages, clothing, shoes, school bags, sandals, pens and books as well as anchor the mentoring program.

    The process for the recruitment of new volunteers is simple. Candidates either visit the 1 GAME Campaign office in Maiduguri, requesting for a volunteering form or send an email that includes name, age, sex, date of birth and statement of purpose to volunteer@play1game.org. Candidates will then be contacted by the Project Coordinator.