Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank You For 2016..

Dear Esteemed Friend,

We are using this moment to thank you SO much for your impact on our children and their families, this year. Thank you for your concerted efforts, and expression of love for the needy ones.

Without God intervening through you, we truly would not have been able to provide shelter for three disadvantaged families, pay GCE fees for 36 young people, erect a school structure for out-of-school, school drop outs, pay salaries of 6 teachers, get wheelchair for the disabled girl, donate free textbooks, notebooks to the children, empower them in useful skills...etc. THANK YOU!
Thank you for every penny, extended. We Thank You.. May God bless you more, with more.

Attached herewith are photographs of our concluding event for the year, 2016. #ChristmasOnTheStreet. Thank you, Mrs. Chioma Ossi, Mrs. Taiye Faloju, Thank you Mr. Kolawole A. Thank you, Mrs. Ade, Thank You, Mrs. Opemipo, Thank you, Mr. Michael Omisore. Thank you for making this CHRISTMAS so colourful with your donation in cash and kind. We received a total donation of N194, 167. And purchased with it, 100 Bags of Rice. Other items donated are: Tomato paste, reading books, fairly used clothes, fruit drinks
​, shoes​
etc.

#​ChristmasOnTheStreet YouTube Link: Click Here
​To support our work, further, please send donations to ​GTBank; Street to School Initiative; 0162126614. It's all about supporting the children, the disadvantaged.


Do have an amazing year-end and a very pleasant 2017!
THANK YOU​.
​​
With Love

from All of US.
Street to School Initiative









Thursday, December 22, 2016

We Aren't Closing YET! #COTS

Dear Sir/Ma,
Did you know that with N16,000 you could get a B bag of Rice and Gift 4-8 families? Join Us, Let's Put food on the tables of 100 needy families, this Christmas. Let's make it colourful.
To support a family, kindly send donation to GTBank, Street to School Initiative, 0162126614.
Every donation counts! We are in this, together! Watch this space for updates, photographs...
Please, let's do this for the 'poor'...🙌🙌🙌💕💞🎅🎅 We aren't closing yet as an organisation until we put food on some children's tables...🙌💞💞🙌.
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Respectfully,
Tosin Taiwo

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas On The Street..


What We Have Been Up To: Call For Support.


On the 8th day of December, we had our Friend, Banker, and Guest Speaker, Mrs. Olowu Tosin engaged 96 high school girls in Ikola community. It was a mentoring session which borders on the importance of showing up. A session, with a difference! Thank you, Mrs. Olowu & Faloju for also visiting children at Helper's Academy. We love it when friends show up...Find attached Photographs for more updates :)

On the 14th day of December, there was the Pleasant surprise and Christmas gifts for all teachers at Helpers Academy! (Helpers Academy is a non profit school and, intiative of Street to School which aims to provide quality education for school drop outs and out of school children). It was a gift pack, with live Chicken! Photographs Attached.Thank you, Mr. F.Oloyede. 

On the 15th day, we had Mrs. Tolu Onifade Babatunde, one of our pioneer supporter and friend. She was visiting us for the very first time, as most communications has been online. Once again, our appreciation to her. She showed up with her daughter to have fun with the children. Playing toys together etc. Thank you.

On the 19th day, today. The teachers received some more gift of rice. Special thanks to Mr. K. Salako for the support. In Feburary this year, he did pay for the textbooks of all of the children without the compulsoryEnglish Language and Mathematics. Thank You.

Next Week, we look forward to our final event for the year 2016. CHRISTMAS on the STREET #COTS. We wish to gift every child a christmas gift such as food item, noodles, toys, fruit drink etc. Please, share online, tag a friend, let's make this Christmas period, colourful regardless of the 'recession'. We truly need your support..we do.

#ColourfulChristmas
#Donate
#GTBank
#Street2SchoolInitiative
#0162126614

Thank you for reading. Every gift counts...

SSI Team

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Discrimination At KFC, Shop rite? Not fair.

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#TosinTaiwo

Wow!
Today, I experienced was it is to be discriminated against! Wow.
You remember our friend - Mary, the 15 year old girl who dropped out of school somr5years ago, since she had her legs, paralysed? Hmmm. Okay, so today, we agreed to meet with a bigger friend, who has an NGO for people living with disabilities. The organisation sells Mobility Aid Appliances, too.
And, so our meeting point was at KFC, Shoperite, Ikeja! We had a taxi picked up.
When we arrived at the spot, someone suggested we pre-inform the management that we are bringing in a 'cripple girl'. I asked, 'but, why'? So that they won't shut us out. Really? They can do that? That would be so wrong, I said.
To cut story so short.
We preinformed the door guard.
He said, yes, we can bring her in.
Then, we moved back to the taxi to helpary out of the car...she was lifted by two persons.
The moment we got to the door of KFC.
The 2 doors were SHUT against us!
The guard waved his hands that NO, You can't come in with her!!!
Aaah, and, there we were dumbfounded.
Asking when had it been illegal for persons with disability to come into a confectionery? Haba. Na so I vex small oo, walked closer, opened the door and asked to speak with the management...while I asked that Mary be brought in... I had to 'lecture' them a bit on what discrimination against PLWD means. We need to speak out, more.




Saturday, December 3, 2016

International Day of Persons Living With Disability.


 December 3rd: Celebration of the International Day of People with Disability.

"The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural. Disability Day is not concerned exclusively with either mental or physical disabilities, but rather encompasses all known disabilities, from Autism to Down Syndrome to Multiple Sclerosis".

Early this week, I shared this photograph on my IG page of a 15year old girl who stopped going to school after basic 6, due to her 'disability'. We were invited to her house, to discuss how we could assist her back to school. She's been out of school for 5years! No mobility aid (wheelchair) whatsoever! She is always indoor while her siblings go to school. She seeks to go back, but how do we help her as most of the schools around (private) do not have facilities for persons with disability? Would home schooling work well for her? Government owned schools for children with special needs is not a go area, as the distance is pretty far. Now, I have been thinking...about the statistics of children who are out of school due to disability? How many 'Marys' are out there, that need mobility aid appliances such as wheelchair, but cannot afford one? Today is another day to draw our mind back to all those who are living with one form of disability or the other, how do we fully integrate them into the society, in our schools? They have the right to education, to life, to good health, too. 

Already, we have spoken with an organization, a wheelchair for her would costs some N40,000. Already, a friend on IG and FB, has donated N10,000. (N30,000 more to go). Hopefully, we find an answer to getting her back to school soon. Meanwhile, kindly let us know if you'd be willing to support her education or if you have a better idea on how to go about helping her! #ThereIsAbilityInDisability💪💪#ItCanBeDone#AdvocacyIsAllIDo 🙏😮

Happy World Disability Day! #HWDD #IDPLWD