The cause to bring to the very front burner of private and public conscience and consciousness, the rights and the responsibilities of the African Child for due respect began 18(eighteen) years ago with a lot of passion. Since then, to our passion we have added expertise and to our expertise we have added exposure and to our exposure, we have added strategy and to our strategy, we have added tactics. Since then we have worked with close 150(one hundred and fifty) local and international organisations, including UNICEF and the British Council. We have reached over 2,000,000.00(two million) primary and secondary caregivers, children and youths through our seminars, speaking engagements and media campaigns with our Gospel According to Child Protection.
In 2010, we released our first set of handbooks as social empowerment material for primary and secondary caregivers.
In 2011, we began to release audio, video and electronic materials in a daring preparation to launch Africa’s pioneer Child Protection Academy.
In 2012, we began our Child Protection blog (www.taiwoakinlami.wordpress.com). As at today, we have exactly 511(five hundred and eleven) empowerment articles, 193(one hundred and ninety-three) comments and 53, 018(fifty-three thousand and eighteen) views from over 133(one hundred and thirty three) countries from the continents of the world.
In 2013, we launched the Taiwo Akinlami Child Protection Academy and close to 300(three) hundred primary and secondary caregivers are passing through the Academy today with outstanding testimonies to the glory of God. Today, we have 22(twenty-two) audio and video programs, 5(five) handbooks, 4 (four) e-books and over 52(fifty-two) editions of our weekly newsletter available to the excited members of our Academy. In 2014 we began our Bi-Monthly Child Protection Basics Class as part of the Taiwo Akinlami Child Protection Academy, which today fast becoming an institution in its own right.
In January 2015, we launched our Child Protection Intelligence Movement (i-Protect™), through which we desire to equip a minimum of 2(two) million primary and secondary caregivers with the message of intelligence of Child Protection in the year 2015.
In March 24, 2015, marking the 1st anniversary of Taiwo Akinlami Child Protection Day, we launched Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (AE-FUND), with a commitment to support families, whose children are out of school as a result of spouse loss, broken home or family financial crises. Presently, we are working with 3(three) families. We desire to reach much more families as the fund expands.
On June 12, 2015, by the grace of God, we shall inaugurate our Child Protection Intelligence Movement (i-Protect™) Support Group for Primary and Secondary Caregivers to be known as i-Protect™ Support Group and release at least 25(twenty-five) Support Group Leaders to begin their weekly meetings in 25(twenty-five) communities in Lagos State. The mandate of the i-Protect™ Support Group is to enlighten and empower caregivers with basic intelligence required to protect our precious and priceless children from all forms of abuse, bringing the message of Child Protection intelligence very close to the doorsteps of the primary and secondary caregivers. Young and old parents will have an unusual opportunity to learn from each other. It promises to be interesting and enlightening as real life situations and community-sensitive child protection issues are addressed and solved. i-Protect™ Support Group will also open members to support from members, who have different professional competences in dealing with matter affecting their children.
We also seek to establish i-Protect™ Support Group in places of work with the permission of their managements. It is our earnest desire to reach and empower a minimum of 5(five) million families in the next 5(five) years, believing that i-Protect™ Support Group will soon become a reality show on the TV.
These are sobering and audacious goals, which must only be declared on the LORD’s day as I remain sober on my knees. Please pray for us and if you are interested in being part of any of our projects, particularly, being a i-Protect™ Support Group Leader in your area or community, you may send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a text message on 234-8033620843 and we will invite you for the June 12 inauguration of the i-Protect™ Support Group.
We strongly believe that i-Protect™ Support Group is a movement, whose time has come and therefore cannot be stopped. It can only be supported by men and women of great souls, who know the characteristics of history and are conscious and wise enough to throw the weight of their influence behind same.
This is Taiwo Akinlami, saying #OnJune12WeStand as he remains Sober on his knees on the LORD’s Day.