Imagine you had to sleep under a bridge or find shelter at night in a bus stop? This is the life that many street children in Lagos experience every day. For Azeez Rotimi his life was this reality. At 14 years of age his world was very different to what it is now.
Azeez Rotimi (17) was born in Osun. His father died in 2010 and his mother shortly remarried. He was ostracized by his step-father so he ran away from home to join his step-brother in Lagos. The promise of education was struck a quick blow when he was forced to sell pop-off to pay rent and earn money. He realized his step brother did not care for him so he ended up sleeping on the streets for 6 months. His only meal came from an outreach food program of The Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative (SCCWI). A social worker from SCCWI, Mrs Shittu, identified the vulnerable Azeez Rotimi and took him in.
The SCCWI has been in existence since 2008 and relies on donations to pay for the boy’s school tuition and upkeep. The initiative currently provides for 20 boys, mentoring them and providing life guidance.
Over the past 3 years Azeez’s life has been transformed. He is flourishing academically and dreams of becoming a lawye. Azeez’s funding has now run dry and he needs a guardian angel help pay for his final 2 years of school, write his jamb entrance exam, and tuition for Unilag to become a lawyer.