MAY: IT’S THE CHILDREN’S MONTH  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION ON OUTINGS

The FJF will be sponsoring selected orphanages and correctional facilities within the year and we are in need of volunteers to help out at the various locations with the program schedule (the schedules will be made available soonest). We are in need of volunteers for setting up and clean up, ushering, etc. If you can volunteer please contact Fademi Ekundayo at fademiekundayo@gmail.com or support@thefademijacobsonfoundation.com

    MAY NEWS LETTER

    THE FADEMI JACOBSON FOUNDATION

IT’S THE CHILDREN’S MONTH  

The larger part of kids eligible for their final exams in most public high schools lack the adequate funding necessary to get themselves enrolled for the exams.

The Fademi Jacobson Foundation eagerly welcome every friend and supporter of the organization since its inception. We will also like to tender our unreserved apologies again for the prolonged silence from the organization for the past few months, this is due to pertinent reasons deemed fit by the organization’s team members and founding mentors. The organization is back to fully operational status and we will like to thank everyone supporting us till date.

The organization’s direction since its inception has been to support orphaned children, kids in remand homes and correctional facilities, abandoned children and destitute across the country. In 2017, the organization achieved tremendous success in this regard. The organization was able to complete donations to the Remand Homes and Home for abandoned children in Ondo State and Osun State. The organization was also able to make a visit to the camp for the Internally Displaced People in Abuja and Kaduna. These visits were no means individual efforts from the team members of the foundation, but a collective effort from everyone involved with the foundation. We sincerely appreciate the massive donations in different forms to the foundation, and we are truly grateful.

Our travels last year revealed the ugly situations in a lot of public high schools which we find very disheartening. The larger part of kids eligible for their final exams in most public high schools lack the adequate funding necessary to get themselves enrolled for the exams. At the foundation, we believe education is an important bedrock to the development of our great nation and continent. We believe every child deserve every right to be educated and given a chance to go after their dreams. This major concern affected the decision of the foundation to restructure its operations for the calendar year of 2018. We have thus decided to prioritize supporting kids in high schools to give them a chance to progress to a higher institution.

This year, the foundation is focusing on paying examination fees of as much as it can afford for kids in public high schools as its number one priority. While we will be focusing on examination fees for these kids, all our other humanitarian objectives still stand valid. We will be working around the clock to achieve these objectives to make this country and continent a better place. We will of course appreciate all forms of donations and volunteers to this noble cause.

We can thank everyone enough for their continued support and we hope everyone will once again continue to support the foundation to enable us achieve our objectives. Thank you all and God bless you all.

We’re looking for Fresh Ideas

Do you have a suggestion for a terrific fundraiser? Do you have ideas about making some of our existing fundraisers even more successful? We want to hear from you!

The FJF is looking to shake things up a bit over the next year and we’re looking for your ideas to help guide us.

Contact one of our Co-Chairs at fademiekundayo@gmail.com or support@thefademijacobsonfoundation.com if you have something to share.

Thank you!

The Fademi Jacobson Foundation is all about helping children and helping them achieve their greatest desires and living to their full potentials.

SUNSHINE APRIL

Ref: FJF/Apr/001

Dear friends,

WELCOME TO A NEW QUARTER

The Fademi Jacobson Foundation eagerly welcome every friend and supporter of the organization since its inception. We will also like to tender our unreserved apologies for the prolonged silence from the organization for the past few months, this is due to pertinent reasons deemed fit by the organization’s team members and founding mentors. The organization is back to fully operational status and we will like to thank everyone supporting us till date.

The organization’s direction since its inception has been to support orphaned children, kids in remand homes and correctional facilities, abandoned children and destitute across the country. In 2017, the organization achieved tremendous success in this regard. The organization was able to complete donations to the Remand Homes and Home for abandoned children in Ondo State and Osun State. The organization was also able to make a visit to the camp for the Internally Displaced People in Abuja and Kaduna. These visits were no means individual efforts from the team members of the foundation, but a collective effort from everyone involved with the foundation. We sincerely appreciate the massive donations in different forms to the foundation, and we are truly grateful.

Our travels last year revealed the ugly situations in a lot of public high schools which we find very disheartening. The larger part of kids eligible for their final exams in most public high schools lack the adequate funding necessary to get themselves enrolled for the exams. At the foundation, we believe education is an important bedrock to the development of our great nation and continent. We believe every child deserve every right to be educated and given a chance to go after their dreams. This major concern affected the decision of the foundation to restructure its operations for the calendar year of 2018. We have thus decided to prioritize supporting kids in high schools to give them a chance to progress to a higher institution.

This year, the foundation is focusing on paying examination fees of as much as it can afford for kids in public high schools as its number one priority. While we will be focusing on examination fees for these kids, all our other humanitarian objectives still stand valid. We will be working around the clock to achieve these objectives to make this country and continent a better place. We will of course appreciate all forms of donations and volunteers to this noble cause.

We can thank everyone enough for their continued support and we hope everyone will once again continue to support the foundation to enable us achieve our objectives. Thank you all and God bless you all.

Yours faithfully,                                                                                 Yours faithfully, 

Olupona Olusegun                                                                            Oluwasanmi Fademi

Public Relations Officer                                                                                   Team Lead

 

VISIT TO CHILDREN’S CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, OSOGBO, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.

Osogbo Visit 1
Foundation members with the some of the items donated to the Remand Home
Osogbo Visit 2
Foundation members with the some of the items donated to the Remand Home
Osogbo Visit 3
Foundation members with guardians of the children in the Remand Home
Osogbo Visit 4
Foundation members with guardians of the children in the Remand Home
Osogbo Visit 5
Foundation members with guardians of the children in the Remand Home

SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN IN AFRICA: A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIAN CHILDREN (PART 2)

CHILD RIGHTS LAW IN NIGERIA

A quick look at some of the salient Child’s right acts that I believe every parent, guardian and child should be educated with in the society are detailed below;

  1. The best interest of a child is to be of paramount consideration in all actions. This is an act that our society constantly denies our children. We are wont to see parents and guardians taking decisions for their children and wards only to actualize their selfish interests. This is utterly wrong and should be frowned upon and discouraged when it is observed in any set up.
  2. A child should be given protection and care necessary for his well-being. The reverse is the case in our society. Our streets are flooded with child-hawkers patrolling the busy highways, chasing after cars, constantly endangering their lives and finding themselves in susceptible places that could result in their kidnapping, rape, or their death. Violation of this act should be treated as a federal crime punishable with a required amount of jail time.
  3. A child has the right to survival and development. Every child has a legitimate right to be allowed to develop and survive the harsh conditions that might surround them. It is the responsibility of the parents and guardians to ensure their children and wards are given all the required resources that will see to their survival and development.
  4. A child has a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Every child has their exclusive right to choose their religion, their cognitive response to situations, and the decisions that make them happy. The custom in this part of world has seen kids being disowned by parents for switching faiths and responding to situations in ways that is different from the response their parents would probably have responded with. The initiatives of these kids are crushed from a very early stage and it’s no wonder we have more seniors (between ages 65 and above) as leaders and parliamentary members of African nations as compared to other continents.
  5. A child has the right to a private and family life. This is a malaise that cuts across the global community with celebrities turning every bit of their life to a reality TV show and invading the privacies of their kids along with it.
  6. A child has the right to freedom of movement. Kids in this part of world are used to being grounded in their homes even before they know what being grounded means. These kids eventually lack the confidence to explore and take advantage of their environments. Parents and guardians excessive grounding of children and denying them their freedom to move most often than not usually results in negative outcomes for the kids.
  7. A child has the right to freedom from discrimination. This is a challenge usually experienced in societies of different races. Discrimination, hate and bigotry are foreign to human nature. These are evil qualities that are taught to children which they play out as they grow older.
  8. A child has the right to Parental care, protection and maintenance. Every child has the right to a parent or a guardian to serve as a role model and protector to the child.
  9. A child has the right to leisure, recreation and cultural activities. As earlier stated, every child deserves and have the right to be allowed to grow up as one. They are to grow up having ample time to play and involve themselves in any other form of recreational activities they find desirable.
  10. A child has the right to health and healing services. Every child has the right to be afforded good medical services and to be subjected to good and healthy living standards. The latter is a big issue in the country as a lot of parents and guardians themselves don’t know what constitutes a healthy living.

These are a few of the important rights children have under the federal laws of Nigeria, which are backed up UNICEF and WHO. Other rights includes the under listed, but not limited to it.

  1. The right to dignity of the child.
  2. The right of a child to free, compulsory and universal primary education.
  3. The right of a child in need of special protection measure.
  4. The right of the unborn child to protection against harm.
  5. The parents or guardians are to provide guidance with respect to a child’s responsibilities.
  6. Prohibition of CHILD MARRIAGE and CHILD BETHROTHAL.
  7. Punishment for CHILD MARRIAGE and CHILD BETHROTHAL.
  8. Prohibition of tattoos and skin marks.
  9. Exposure to use, production and trafficking of narcotic drugs, etc.
  10. Prohibition of the use of children in criminal activities.
  11. Abduction, removal, and transfer of a child from a lawful custody.
  12. Prohibition of exploitative labor, buying, selling, hiring or otherwise dealing with children for the purpose of hawking, prostitution or begging for alms.
  13. Prohibition of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, and other forms of sexual abuse and exploitation of a child.
  14. Prohibition of recruitment of children into the armed forces.
  15. Prohibition of importation of harmful publications for children.
  16. Refuge for children of risk, orphans and destitute.

 

SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN IN AFRICA: A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIAN CHILDREN (PART 1)

A leisurely drive through the mega-city of Lagos reveals one thing clearly, the city is blessed with numerous Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. A very interesting fact about the mega-city of Lagos that any country will be proud of. It therefore comes as no surprise that the mega-city of Lagos boasts one of the largest economies in Africa. The population of the city stands at an approximate of eighteen million people while the internal revenue generated by the city of Lagos stands at an estimated One hundred billion dollars per year and a per capita income of about four thousand and five hundred dollars. The city has the fifth biggest economy in Africa and if it were to be a country, it would be among the top ten countries with the highest economy in Africa and would also be in the top five countries with the biggest population in Africa.

The city boasts of a very enterprising environment, is often dubbed the city that never sleeps. Anywhere you go as you go through the city, there’s always an enterprising individual pushing his merchandise to you with pleading eyes begging for a minute of your attention and a fraction of the few naira you are carrying in your wallet. It is an enterprising attitude you can’t help but admire has these individuals courageously chase after moving vehicles in a bid to sell some of their products.

Sadly, a large number of these individuals mentioned are usually in their early teens and below. It now begs one to wonder why these kids are not in their schools. The population of the kids hawking on the streets of Lagos multiplies by the end of the school hours which simply infers the bulk of these children are tasked with hawking and being an adult before they are mentally ready. This malaise is what the enterprising Micro, Small and Medium businesses in Lagos have continually leveraged on to ensure a going concern for their businesses and to ensure their balance sheet at the end of the fiscal year stays green rather than red.

This development is saddening because people always complain about the ripple effects of this malaise but they don’t seem to find anything wrong with the founding cause of the malaise. These children are denied an opportunity to learn to grow and experience childhood. They are tasked with the responsibility of being an adult long before they are mentally ready for the challenge. A large number of them starts believing if they are ready to forgo their childhood , then they are ready to start living like adults, hence we see a lot of urchins, single teenage mothers, and a lot of young boys and girls just basically living like destitute, getting involved in drugs, prostitution, robbery and other types of disparaging behaviors. This ugly trends seems to be on the increase in the light of harsh economic realities of the country, as parents and guardians of these dependents and minors will rather concern themselves with where their next income will come from rather than the impact of denying their young child the experience of being a child.

The country adopted THE CHILD’S RIGHTS ACTS in 2003 and not until 2015 before the first state in the country attempted to implement it in the state. The remaining thirty five states have conveniently ignored these acts, while the only one to implement it have failed woefully in it the implementation of the acts. The horrendous acts against children in the great city of Lagos replicates across all the states in the country, and worse acts are being perpetrated against the girls especially in the northern part of the country. A lot of the young girls are forcefully married off to men old enough to be their grand-parents. A barbaric culture to say the least, which has been fully grounded on the tenets of religion. A campaign (#ChildNotBride) in the country is seeking to actively stop this sort of marriage in the country. This campaign is a welcome development for the female children in the country, but we also need to wake up to the facts that our children are not traders, hawkers or laborers. They are CHILDREN and should be allowed the opportunity to grow up as one.

THE NIGERIAN CHILD

THE NIGERIAN CHILDchild-hawkersThirteen years ago, Nigeria reached a major landmark in its nascent step to ensure every Nigerian child is given a voice. The child act right of 2003 passed at the Federal level of the country allows the domestication of convention on the rights of children. This acts allows the right of children to be recognized and respected across the country.

Sadly, since the passage of this law since 2003, only 16 states of the 36 states in the country has adopted the act at the state level. And among the 16 states, only one state has fully implemented the constitutional rights of children. This shows the herculean task that lies before Nigerian children and their guardians. The failure of the national assembly to abolish child marriage also puts the most populous black nation in the world in a cesspool of child human rights violation. Rife in the country are scenes of children hawking, begging, and more shocking in recent times, female children being sexually abused and raped.

I believe the whole nation through individuals and organizations must all come together to kick this evil out of the country, and out of the continent. Geneva declared that “humanity has to do its best for the child”. A popular quote also says, “Children are the future of tomorrow” and it doesn’t take too much persuasion to agree to the fact that the children are the future. Of what use will our legacies be if we have no one around to learn from them. This is why we should protect our children and see to it that they are well cared for and catered to as the children’s act rights directs.

According to the children’s rights, a child is any person who has not reached the age of eighteen years. The children’s rights are the human rights of the children with particular attention to the rights of special protection and care afforded to minors. This rights include their right to association with both parents, human identity, as well as basic needs for physical protection, food, universal state paid education, health care, and criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child, equal protection of the child’s civil rights, and freedom from discrimination on the basis of the child’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, color, ethnicity, or other characteristics.

The whole idea behind the child’s act and right is that, though still small and young, and mostly incapable of recognizing what’s right from what’s wrong, the child is still a human being and should be treated as such, but not equally with an adult. It is the vulnerability of the child that calls for the protection of the child, by the parents and the community as a whole. There is an adage in Nigeria that says, it is not only the parents of the child that train the child, but the whole community. So, it is needful for the community as a whole, and the nation at large to do its part in training every child within its vicinity and seeing that they are all cared for.

Nigeria adopted the Childs Rights Act to domesticate the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 2003. It was passed into law at the Federal level but only 16 states out of the possible 36 states have had its State Assembly pass this to Act. Unless the State Assemblies pass this Act into law in their respective states, the Federal law is inactive. Because of this, Nigeria has been unable to handle several issues concerning the protection of the child. This can be seen as there are numerous children living on the street; these children lack adequate feeding and welfare. They do not have access to basic education, and are exposed to communal conflicts and also life threatening diseases like cholera, malaria etc. In the event of these health attacks, these children don’t have access to the required medical attention that they duly need to get better. And the list goes on.

A lot of these children grow up on the streets and become nuisances to the community that refused or did little to nothing to care for them. In a means to make ends meet and have access to some basic amenities, these children resolve to stealing, prostitution, fraudulent acts and even murder. While some are guilty of the acts, a large number of them are unjustly rounded up as gang members and prostitutes and sent to jail without trial. Still under 18, these “children” are treated as adults and sent to adult correction facilities and prisons, without giving them an opportunity to defend themselves or their actions. They are not given the chance to see a social worker or even given the benefit of a lawyer to defend them.

At the Fademi Jacobson Foundation, we believe that every child deserves a happy life, we believe every child deserves a chance to experience childhood and its exuberance rather than be thrown into the chaos of adulthood before they know what the word actually mean. Children should not be burdened with worries and world problems. We seek to see every child provided with the care and protection they need and in line with UNICEF;

  • Child survival and development
  • Child education
  • Child protection and social inclusion