House of Mercy Children’s Home, Lagos (HOM) is actively involved in various charitable activities for street children, child beggars, child scavengers and other needy and vulnerable children.
All children need the basics of life like food, warmth, shelter and clothing but they also need to feel loved and secure. We provide these services and are dedicated to continuing to care for every child who needs us.
Our motto is “Touching Lives, One Child at a Time”.
Founded in October 2006, HOM started off by assisting homeless boys and girls living under the Adeniji Adele bridge in Lagos. The children were provided with free meals, clothing, emergency medical care, drug counselling and friendship.
HOM began to cater for child scavengers at the Igando garbage dumpsite in Lagos. The children were provided with free meals and first aid services.
HOM also began to provide support for child beggars at the beggars’ camp in the Ebute-Metta area in Lagos. A regular mobile school was established for the children. They were also provided with free meals, clothes and first aid services.
HOM commenced a project to “Bring Education to the Doorsteps” of unschooled child beggars by conducting literacy classes at the beggars’ camp for 200 child beggars. The informal literacy classes which comprised girls (55%) and children with physical disabilities and severe learning disabilities were organised both in Hausa, their mother language, and English, The non-formal education programme made education available and accessible to children withheld from school because they had to beg to provide income for their disabled or impoverished parents. The children were divided into 3 classes: kindergarten, primary and school drop outs.
HOM initiated a school sponsorship programme for disadvantaged children, in particular girls, whose families could not afford to send them to school. A considerable number of the child beggars attending the literacy classes were channelled into the mainstream educational system through the sponsorship programme.
In March 2011, HOM set up a home for homeless street boys in order to rescue and rehabilitate street children living under bridges, at motor parks and on the beaches in Lagos.
In January 2013, HOM established a home for girls at-risk.
HOM extended the reach of its services to child beggars in Ibadan, Oyo State by providing free nutritious meals, clothing, shoes, diapers and educational assistance.
HOM distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets to needy and vulnerable children in Lagos State and Oyo State along with the appropriate training and use of the nets.
HOM launched a Children’s Library on International Literacy Day.
Outreach programme for children at Radev Early Education Centre, Leper Colony, Iberekodo, Abeokuta in Ogun State.
Launch of our « Africa, Wake Up! » campaign against poverty and injustice in Portuguese.
Outreach programme with fun activities and donations of food items, hygiene kits, clothes, children’s shoes and school supplies to poor and disadvantaged children on Children’s Day, May 27, 2019.
Publication of a video on International Mother Language Day, February 21, 2020, advocating for the right of African children (out-of-school children, children from nomadic communities, children from linguistic, ethnic, or cultural minorities, refugees and displaced children, former child soldiers and other marginalised children particularly in the rural areas) who have been excluded from educational opportunities to education in their mother tongue.
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
HOM contributed to ongoing efforts to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to children and families in crisis in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Ebola affected nations, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Northeast region of Nigeria in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.