Seyi Oluyole is the founder of the Dream Nurture Foundation, a global relief, developmental organisation, committed to bringing life and hope to children in communities covered by poverty and despondency.
The organisation offers children educational opportunities while bringing out the best in them and engaging them in diverse range of human activities like sports, drama, and dance among others.
Seyi Oluloye took the step to start the initiative while she was a teenager, and has continued to run it for about a decade.
Seyi and her family moved to Ebute-Metta, Lagos following about 3 years of them suffering some financial difficulties. While Seyi was still attending school, she discovered that in the area, people lived in houses beside the beach. The residents did not have bathrooms and the children barely went to school. The highest achievement was JSS3 for boys and the girls usually dropped out before JSS3 due to pregnancy.
She wanted to changed things, so at 14, she started a dance group known as the victorious dancers, which was designed to take kids off the streets and back to school. One year later, when star actress Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde was holding a fundraising concert in the area and Victorious Dancers were called to perform, Seyi told the kids that if they wanted to perform with the group, they would have to go back to school, they agreed, and this was the beginning of Seyi’s work to getting indigent kids back to school. Between 2008 and 2012, Seyi held outreach programs that provided these kids with school supplies. She also organised summer lessons for the kids.
Under the Dream Nurture Foundation, is the kids dance group of the moment, Dream Catchers. The platform helps street kids by providing them with shelter, food, clothing and education, as well as empowering them through dance.
Seyi is using dance to take the kids out of the streets and into the school, and is teaching them that they stand a chance at succeeding with they are ready to put in the work; the money make from their performance is put back into their welfare.
The Dream Catchers kids gained international recognition after they received a shoutout from music pop star Rihanna, business mogul and hip hop Icon, Sean John Combs aka Puff Daddy, actor John Boyega and supermodel Naomi Campbell, with Boyega and Campbell paying them a visit when they were in Nigeria.
Some of the children Seyi took into her home initially are either in the university or are graduates.
We applaud Seyi for the awesome work that she is doing for these kids through dance.
Source: Bella Naija