Overcoming Teenage Peer Pressure

According to a recent survey of 337 teenagers in the USA, 90% faced peer pressure and at least 80% fell for it weekly, even when it meant doing what they clearly knew was wrong.  Peer pressure is a common experience in child development, especially in the teenage years. Many character traits formed by young people…

Sponsor A Child

Naomi is a 9 year old girl from Delta State.  She lives in Ajegunle, Lagos, with her mother.  She is from a broken home and her father has more than one wife.  They live in a rented one-room shack and share a toilet with their neighbours… Read more and Click to Sponsor A Child.

BOOSTING CONFIDENCE IN CHILDREN

A child’s performance socially, academically and in other areas, depends on his confidence.  It is important to understand how parents, guardians and carers of children can help boost their confidence.  As we work to grow ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders’, this too is an area for concern and enlightenment. “For me, confidence building starts from the first second…

NOTE TO YOUNGER SELF

Adolescence through the teenage years appears to be the most challenging period for all children, knowing that most life-changing choices are made during this stage. Their career and vocational choices, channelling their youthful energy in the right direction, puberty, the need to be accepted and the peer pressure make those years the hardest.  Working with…

How Relevant Is Formal Education To Child Development?

(Written by Njideka Raleke-Obiora) Fair Life Africa’s Disadvantage to Advantage initiative seeks out children with potential, but who are disadvantaged, and enrols them in educational and vocational institutions for learning and development.  Ten young children have now been assisted with payment of their school fees, owing to their excellent performances in academics. Unfortunately, we are all…

Against The Odds!

(Written by Njideka Raleke-Obiora) Typically, children from disadvantaged families are associated with poor performance in school or outright illiteracy.  However, we have come across children from impoverished homes who have a thousand and one reasons not to excel, but have totally defied these odds, and are excelling in their academics and many other skills.  One…

Diet and Education – Are they related?

(Co-Written with Njideka Raleke-Obiora and Simran Daryanani) Education is something that most of us are concerned about, and as an organisation working with children, it is important to us too.  Often, the approach to dealing with poor academic achievement is to throw more money at the problem, or instill more discipline.  However, could it be as…

Day Of The Girl Child

(Co-written with Njideka Raleke-Obiora) The United Nations in 2012 introduced 11th October as the International Day for the Girl Child, a day set aside to promote the girl’s human rights, evaluate the inequalities still existing between girls and boys and the many types of discrimination and abuses suffered by the girl child across the world….

Tony’s Heartbreaking Tale

This is our latest approved GlobalGiving report sharing a #FailForward story of our work with street kids.  We hope that by reading it, you will understand better the complexities of the work we are involved in with vulnerable children.  We appreciate your continued support as we embark on a new initiative, Disadvantage to Advantage! Fair…

A Trip To Dustbin Estate

“Like Seriously?!!  Do people really live here?”  These were but a few questions we kept asking ourselves during our recent outreach.  “Welcome to Dustbin Estate in the heart of Ajegunle, Lagos.”  Put aptly, it’s a backwater of modern development whose residents sheer grit for life, high resistance to sicknesses and hope for tomorrow is a…

Building The Nigerian Future – One Child At A Time

(Co-written by Njideka Raleke-Obiora and Simran Daryanani) To say that the future of Nigeria lies in the children’s potentials cannot be overestimated.  Every parent’s dream is for the child to have better opportunities than they did.  As we celebrate Independence Day yet again, it is only proper that we evaluate what we as individuals have…

The Ebola Talk

By Nishola Akinyera The Ebola virus is a deadly disease that has found its way to Nigeria, and we all need to be informed about it. Yesterday, 13th of August, Fair Life Africa Foundation invited some of the street kids who have been visiting the home for a lecture to enlighten them about the Ebola disease,…