Every day children are faced with one major challenge or the other and they tend to rely on their parents for support. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most children who survive on the streets, some without parents and some with parents who can barely take care of them.
These children have been made to pass through certain ordeals and with no one to turn to , these children are left to fend for themselves. Some die in the process while the others that managed to survive have little or nothing to hold on to.
An example is the case of 9-year-old Uche. Rendered homeless by the painful ordeal that strikes his family, Uche is welcomed by the dark corners of the slum where he seeks refuge. Another is Ladi, a 7-year-old girl who sells wares on the sunny streets of Rano in order for her handicapped 50-year-old mother and two younger siblings to pull through life on a daily basis.
All these and more are the travails faced by indigent children in our society today. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NKJV). A child who is left on the street uneducated tends to cause havoc in the society, and without timely intervention, many grow up to become notorious criminals.
With the InnerCity Mission’s “Back to School Campaign“, hope is restored and the child who needs to be off the streets is taken off and given a new mindset as he embraces the learning process in the four walls of a classroom.
The society stands to be the greatest beneficiary of this because education is the antidote to illiteracy and violence in any country. For every child that is educated, he becomes the hope he longs to see and the future is realised in him.
Much kudos goes out to the many partners who contribute daily to the success of this NGO . They have taken on the challenge of the poor through their ceaseless giving; “Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men give unto your bosom.” (Luke 6:38).
Not forgetting the father of these children, the founder of this faith-based NGO, the President of Believers’ Loveworld Inc. Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome DSC, DD, for the life-changing vision called the “InnerCity Mission for Children“; which is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and delivering a sustainable solution to the problem of urban and rural child poverty, giving new destinies to indigent children like Uche and Ladi.
You too can be a part of this vision by partnering with the InnerCity Mission in taking these children off the streets. Log on to www.theinnercitymission.org.