“I saw thousands of innocent children without clothes everywhere; children who should be in school but were not” .those where the words of Otto Orondaam founder of Slum2School Africa.
Slum2School Africa is a volunteer-driven organization created to advocate for and improve access to quality education for disadvantaged children in slums and remote communities through the provision of educational scholarships, health support and other psycho-social support.
Otto was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to parents in the medical field, he has always been very interested and involved in developmental projects ,He has a bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the University of Port Harcourt and holds an executive masters in project management from CUPE UK and certificate in Social Change, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship from the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica.
During his NYSC year in Lagos five years ago, Otto first noticed the Makoko community while stuck in traffic on the 3rd mainland bridge. After subsequent visit to the neighbourhood he decided to quit his bank job and create Slum2School Africa.His passion to improve the state of his country and continent made him volunteer and work several Non-Profits organizations and International development Agencies in Nigeria and within African countries since the age of 16, where he assisted in building structures for the implementation developmental projects.
He tells us how their programs bridge the enrollment gap into schools for vulnerable children across the country as well as just how important education is to the success of our country’s economy. With his program he hopes to give the world a different and better view of Nigeria while also helping as many kids as he can
Since inception Otto has worked with over 3000 young volunteers from over 25 countries to provide scholarships for over 600 children and counting from various slums and several thousands have benefited from several other health and psycho-social support programs. He also led Campaigns to renovate dilapidated school in remote communities and equip slum schools with more facilities like computer room, library, and health center.he has received several awards like Lagos state Honors Award as most outstanding corps member in 2012, Nigerian CSR Awards, the Future Awards for innovation in education in 2012 and 2013 consecutively, African sustainable solutions showcase at the African CEO’s Roundtable and was recognized by the Presidency as one of the top 100 Nigerian Youths.
He also led campaigns to renovate dilapidated schools in remote communities and equip slum schools with more facilities like computer rooms, libraries, and health centers.we are glad to see hope been given to every child in the slum because Education is their right.