The degree of children beggars within the Ikate, Lekki community is increasingly worrisome. Their fundamental rights are being ignorantly breached and it calls for urgent concern before it becomes a menace. A society that uses innocent children as street urchins is preparing for an endless attack on its civilization and economic buoyance.
Begging robs children of the freedom to dream and aspire to lead a life of meaningful contribution. This, if not repressed, would drive them into acts that are not wholesome. What is needed is an enabling environment where love, tolerance, honesty and how to be law–abiding citizens could be learned.
The time is now for us to build the moral foundation of providing the support for conventional knowledge and skills that will enable them to fully realize their creative and productive potential and ultimately change their narrative.
The project to drive this engagement is called PROJECT RACHETER (French word: rescue, revive and redeem) and it aims at rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating child beggars and their parents to a sustainable life.