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An initiative committed to making the dreams of people living in the slum to become a reality using education, empowerment and mentoring

Dreams from the slum

Lagos, Nigeria
Dreams from the slum is an initiative committed to making the dreams of vulnerable persons living in remote and desolate communities a reality through three pronged approach on Education, Empowerment and Mentorship. We make people in the slum to have love for education by giving them reason to believe in themselves and their dreams.

What is Dreams from the Slum

Isaac Success Omoyele, Founder
“The children maybe born in the slum, but the slum is not born in them. They have got valid dreams.”

Isaac Success Omoyele, Founder

Dreams From The Slum (DFTS) Empowerment Initiative was established in 2013 based on three convictions.

1. To ensure that regardless of social status ; every child has access to quality education. 

2. That whoever ‘CHASES’ his/her dream, no matter how or where you are born, either in the slum, rural community or a remote and desolate area; you will definitely become it.

3. Your background doesn’t have the right to make your back be on the ground. ” You may be born in the slum, but the slum is not born in you”.

Since its inception, DFTS has pioneered innovative strategies to achieve this through the following approach:


Through our approach on Education, we provide children with the opportunity to borrow b books and read in our library facility and we have adopted over 1000 out of school children back into school in Nigeria by providing scholarship opportunities and access to basic school materials such as notebooks, bags, shoes etc.

Also, to enhance the quality of education in the slum , our teachers readiness program trains educators in low cost primary schools in rural communities, and we are extremely excited about the effect this is having on learners through their academic performance.

Through our approach via Empowerment, we provide teenage pregnant girls with livelihood skills so that they can be self reliant and live purpose driven lives; knowing that they have the potential to contribute meaningfully in our society, not minding their dreams and aspirations been delayed due to their misinformed choices. However, we make them realize they have a second chance to rewrite the outcome of their life through our ‘Young mothers Academy’

Other women are not left behind especially the parents of the beneficiaries as we get them engaged through livelihood skills so they can be self employed and meet the basic needs of their children.

Through our Mentoring approach, we provide career guidance to children and teenagers by helping them discover their unique abilities and passion, revolutionize the way they learn and get them exposed. 

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1.Work with Dreams from the slum to develop a plan for rural community slum - locate the slum community -Considerations include the challenge of the community and the exact need. 2. Meet with the community leaders and share ideas with the community. It is very important for the community to understand you and believe in your intervention that there are dreams from the slum. 3. Determine where you will host your program -The support and enthusiasm of the host community is important to the success of the program. 4.Get skilled volunteers Handling rural children is a lot of work so you will need skilled volunteers because you cant do it all alone. 5. Co-ordination and planning You work with your team of volunteers to co-ordinate and plan every session with the children, hereby coming up with activities and strategies that will make them dream more.
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Isaac Success Omoyele

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