Child Life-Line (CLL) was founded in 1994 by Mrs. Marion Sikuade, when a survey undertaken by the National Commission for Mass Literacy for World Bank revealed that there were many out-of-school children who were subsisting in the streets of Lagos and not in their own homes. This was confirmed when, in 1995, with funding from UNESCO, CLL in partnership with the National Commission for Mass Literacy carried out a Survey of Street Children in Lagos, interviewing over 630 street children, 20% of who were girls.
Child Life-Line’s Residential Rehabilitation Centre for Street Boys:
In November 1995 CLL opened its first centre for street boys in facilities loaned to it by the Lagos State Government at the Boys’ Remand Home in Oregun. From there it moved in February 1998 to rented premises in Olarenwaju Street, Oregun. At first Basic Education was taught in the home but by 1997 the younger boys were attending the Government Primary School or Oregun High School and the older boys were apprentices to trades of their choice.
In 1999 Chief B. O. Benson, S.A.N., donated two acres of land at Ibeshe, Ikorodu. Plans were drawn for a residential, educational and vocational centre and construction started in the year 2000. The first block, the dormitory, was completed in June 2001 and a group of 18 boys and two welfare officers moved in. Living at the residential centre in Ibeshe was basic in the beginning until it was linked to the NEPA main line and two generators were donated for electricity supply and the pumping of water from the borehole and through the treatment plant.
The Ibeshe Centre To-day:
The second block to be completed was a large, multipurpose hall and kitchen block. Since then two staff quarters and an administration building, with library, office and conference room have been built. Two brick-drying sheds were given concrete flooring and linked to the electric circuit and converted into temporary vocational workshops for art & batik and for tailoring. A new dormitory was completed in 2012 and is now in use; the original dormitory, constructed of bricks made by the boys themselves, is no longer in use and is in need of major reconstruction.
Up to 26 boys aged 8 to 18 years may be housed. They attend the local schools: the Methodist Primary School and Kola Balogun Junior and Senior Colleges. Older children who are in university or other higher education or training continue to be supported by having their fees and maintenance costs paid, but are not accommodated at the Centre. "Currently we have one boy in his final year studying Computer Science at UNILAG, one boy at the Don Bosco Technical Institute at Akure studying Computer Programming and one boy at University of Ilorin studying Education"
CLL Reception Centre at Gbagada:
Concerned about the growing numbers of street children, CLL decided to open a reception or ‘drop-in’ centre for both girls and boys. It is situated at 8 Lateef Onigemo Street, Gbagada, and was formally opened in February, 2011. The children who visit the centre mostly come from the surrounding local government areas of Oshodi, Ketu and Bariga. The compound contains a large portakabin, which currently serves as our Head Office and a bungalow. The children bath, wash their clothes, receive lessons in basic education and life skills, as well as counseling, and efforts are made by staff to reunite as many as we can with family. They are given breakfast and one balanced meal a day.