Caring for Children with Needs

Since the launch of the Universal Basic Education Act of 2004 in Nigeria, much has been achieved to reconstruct dilapidated school buildings around the country. Many new ones have also been constructed since then, with other basic facilities provided. However, the United Nation’s goal to achieve universal primary education is lagging behind in many states across Nigeria.
Against this backdrop, Access Bank’s Personal Banking Division sought to deliver some of the Bank’s social responsibility aspirations, by contributing to the well-being, development and education of children in need, especially the deprived, abused, and homeless.
As such, the Division identified Child Lifeline (CLL), a non-profit charitable organisation. CLL’s objective is to promote the care, well-being and development of children in need, especially the deprived, abused, destitute and homeless. Based in Lagos, CLL impacts lives from around Nigeria.
In 2015, CLL was funded entirely by voluntary donations and gifts from philanthropists, including the Bank’s Personal Banking Division’s substantial in-kind donations. 5 personal computers/laptops were made available to CLL’s Library in Ibeshe, Ikorodu. The Division also carried out the following trainings sessions for the children at CLL, based on the team’s employee volunteering drive:
  • Personal hygiene and protection awareness
  • Financial literacy and saving culture
  • Personal values and brand
  • Promoting child and family well-being
  • Politics and people governance
  • Family values
  • Choosing the right career path
Feedback received from CLL’s administration and the children demonstrated that the training was very impactful.