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THE MOTHERS SPOKE UP! Series 21.

Getting back to school, we started thinking of the best plan in getting through to the kids.

I called a meeting of my friends and some of my previous team members, the situation was discussed and we decided to go ahead in purchasing the necessary materials needed for the home school. We put them in separate bag for each of the kids and prayed for wisdom and the release of the kids.

The following Saturday, we went back to the slum and to our surprise, the Seriki wasn’t around which gave the mothers the opportunity to speak out.

The mothers told us not to answer the Seriki that he doesn’t have his family among them. We were told his family are in Niger Republic, their home country and probably have his kids in school over there.

The home school was welcomed by the parents of the kids as they allowed us to fill our enrolment form with the detailed information of their children. A father even brought a six months old baby to be enrolled for the home school and we all had a good laugh.

We left the slum happy and fulfilled as we told the parents we’ll be back in 10 days’ time to start the home school which happened to be May 27th (Children’s day).

The kids were happy as they showed us their ten fingers to indicate the number of days they needed to wait to become a student like all the other kids they’ve been seen on the streets in uniform.

Then the countdown began…

IN RETROSPECT

I realized:

  • Most street kids have a dream of going to school.
  • With more persistence, challenges can be rolled away.

Let’s meet here same time next week. You sure don’t want to miss the next series.

Your Friend,

-Ma Funmi