COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
I am Omoyele Isaac Success, a Social Activist and Child Advocate. I’m the Founder of Dreams from the slum, an initiative committed to reducing the number of children that are out of school in Africa, hence making education a priority.
An alumni of LEAP Africa Social Innovators Programme, I am a member of the following organizations ; Youth Action Net (an initiative of International Youth Foundation), United Nations Major Group for Children and Youths, National Youth Coalition for Education and the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
I serve as the Training Co-ordinator of Global Alliance for Youth Leaders and a World at School Global Youth Ambassador.
PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT ‘DREAMS FROM THE SLUM’?
The initiative reaches out to the most vulnerable children living in remote and desolate community in slums across Africa. The concept was designed to adopt out of school children back into school, providing educational support, mentorship and empowerment across Africa since 2013 in order to make the dreams of poor children come true.
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT AND WHY?
I love children, and I hate to see them suffer or lack their basic needs. I am passionate about education because I believe it is the most powerful tool you can use to change lives.
HOW HAS GROWING UP AS A CHILD AFFECTED ‘DREAMS FROM THE SLUM’?
I was angry about my past and this inspired me to do something about the future. I know there are millions of children out there living in slums and going through even worse situations than I did while growing up.
This inspired me to take action, Knowing fully well that the importance of education of every child cannot be over emphasized, hence ‘Dreams from the slum’ was born out of the passion towards making the dreams of vulnerable children a reality and one of such ways is through giving access to basic quality education for them by giving scholarship opportunities, provision of their basic school supplies and remedial classes.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION?
At ‘dreams from the slum’, we are committed to making the dreams of vulnerable children a reality through a three pronged approach: Education, Empowerment and Mentorship.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE ‘DREAMS FROM THE SLUM’ AND OTHER COMMITMENTS AT BOTH LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE LEAP AFRICA AND YOUTH ACTION NET?
Being a part of other noble organizations is simply an avenue to grow as it’s a rare privilege to be a fellow, an associate member or partner of such noble organizations. This has really helped in improving our work at dreams from the slum.
IN YOUR OPINION, DESCRIBE THE RATE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN DROPPING OUT IN NIGERIA
Nigeria is said to have the highest number of children in the world that are out of school and majority of these children are vulnerable, living in remote and desolate community slums where poverty is the major cause of their inability to go to school.
WHAT AND WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Stories inspires me, challenges me a lot. Also, men like Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, Bishop T.D Jakes, Michael Jordan, to mention but a few really inspires me.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTERED AT THE EARLY STAGE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION?
Starting up was challenging as it was difficult to get people to believe in the vision but with doggedness we were able to get people to buy into the vision.
Running an organization like ‘dreams from the slum’ requires corporate sponsorship and this was a major challenge we faced.
HOW DO YOU ATTRACT INNOVATORS AND DONORS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?
Often times, potential partners and donors are interested in the works that have been done and since inception of the initiative, we’ve adopted over 3,000 out of school children in Nigeria back into school, with provision for their educational needs, sponsoring orphans and vulnerable children living in the slum which is an advantage .
Although, we aren’t there yet, we’re in dire need of potential partners and sponsors for our project so we can ensure that vulnerable children are in school and learning.
DID YOU LEARN SOME SPECIAL SKILLS TO RUN ‘DREAMS FROM THE SLUM’?
Being a fellow of leap Africa social innovators program in 2014/2015 was an avenue to get trained and equipped for the journey ahead. I have also been privileged to participate in other trainings such as Curators University and Commonwealth Youth Programs.
WHAT DOES ACHIEVEMENT MEAN TO YOU?
I have one definition of Achievement and it is my ability to bring back lost hope of children who gave up on their dreams. That’s my utmost priority.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST DEFINING MOMENT SO FAR?
Smiles…Every time spent with vulnerable children; giving them hope of a secured future is always precious and defining to me.
ANY SPECIAL WORDS TO OUR HIGHLY ESTEEM READERS WITH SIMILAR PASSION AS YOURS?
For every vision God has given you, there is always a provision. Don’t look at what you don’t have but what you have in your hands that you can use for the betterment of humanity.