WHO WE ARE
The InnerCity Mission for Children is a full-fledged faith-based Non-Governmental Organisation[NGO] in Consultative Status with the United Nations [UN]; it is under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation and it reaches out to indigent children living in forgotten places – the inner cities.
We are dedicated to breaking the Cycle of Poverty by delivering a sustainable solution to the problem of urban and rural child poverty. We work to give the life of every indigent child a meaning; we want them to forget that they were ever poor and give them a hope and a future.
We envision a world in which orphaned, deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in the inner cities live free of poverty and fulfill their God-given potential, thus becoming responsible and self-reliant adults, profitable to the society.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Approximately half of the world’s population now live in cities and towns. In 2005, approximately 1 billion people [one out of three urban dwellers] were living in slum conditions. These locations, which we refer to in this document as the inner cities, are the focus of our work. We have a mission to the children who live in these inner cities.
Our mission is to:
- Identify orphaned and vulnerable children [OVC] in families or households, inner city community schools and orphanages or related institutions who have become deprived, vulnerable and excluded as a result of poverty.
- Deliver sustainable and participatory interventions to these OVC, their families or households, schools and orphanages or related institutions.
- Mobilize these families or households, inner city community schools and orphanages or related institutions into a force for change.
- Promote awareness of the plight or situation of these OVC and the dire social consequences of the society’s neglect in addressing their problems.
OUR CORE VALUES
We understand and accept that:
- The key to sustainable and lasting change to the issues that affect children living in poverty in inner cities is wrapped up in the Word of God.
- Change on the outside is preceded by change on the inside; therefore, a change of mental attitude leads to a change in physical circumstances.
- We must take actions that bring the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in the inner cities into a position that makes them drivers of their own change.
- These children must be active participants in their own change in order to achieve independence within a set time.