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BN Making It!: From Life in The Bank, Orondaam Otto of Slum2School Is Giving Hope To Disadvantaged Children One at A Time

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Young, passionate and driven. Those are words that can aptly be used to describe Orondaam Otto, the founder of Slum2School. 26 year old Orondaam Otto was tired of seeing the deprivation of children; so stirred by the passion in his heart, he started this project where he tries to place children without means, into schools. What was a pet project has now grown into a full scale volunteer driven organization.  In this edition of BN Making It! we take a trip into what it is to run a Non-Governmental Organization in Nigeria. Otto shares his dreams, and goals for this project that he is very passionate about. From life as a bank staff, this man now channels all his energy into giving meaning to other people through education. We really enjoyed this interview and we hope you do to. There’s always room for positive change.

Tell us about yourself
My name is Orondaam Otto. It’s quite funny that a lot of people call me Otto even though that’s my surname. I think people love the easy way out. Anyway I’m Nigerian, I grew up in Nigeria and I love Nigeria. I am an easy going guy and I think I love to work. I am a little bit social but you will hardly find me always hanging out. I was born in 1987, had my primary, secondary and university education in Port Harcourt which is my home city. I had my 1st degree in Human Anatomy/Basic medical Science at the University of Port Harcourt, and in the last few years I have had taken a few degree courses including one recent one in Social Innovation from the United Nations University for peace in Costa Rica.

What did you do before Slum2School?
Before Slum2School I used to work in a bank. I was posted to the bank during my National Youth Service and I am glad because I think it helped me realise what I should have been doing.

What inspired your decision to start Slum2School?
Back in 2012, there was a period when everywhere I turned to I saw negative news about Nigeria and Africa. At work it was CNN and almost all I saw were children dying, African children out of school. One day I watched a report about education and found out that Nigeria had over 10 million out-of-school children. On my way to work and back I always saw children hawking and doing menial jobs on the street and it always bothered me. I tried to endure it until one evening, I was going across the 3rd mainland bridge and fortunately for me there was a huge traffic; I noticed the community sitting on the lagoon called Makoko. The traffic was slow so I succeeded in taking so many pictures but that wasn’t enough.

As an adventurous guy I forced myself to visit and see for myself what happened in the smoking huts and to my greatest shock I was faced with the reality that I had watched for months. I saw thousands of innocent children without clothes littered everywhere; children who should be in school but were not. It was a sad reality and that day I made the decision to resign from the bank and try to solve some of their problems. And that was how Slum2School Africa started.

Tell us about Slum2School
Slum2School Africa has grown so fast. In less than two years we have grown from just a project to a movement driven by motivated, passionate and dynamic young individuals. Slum2School is a volunteer-driven organization and through several innovative and impact driven programmes, we achieve two things.
1. Provide access to education and psycho-social support for disadvantaged children in slums and remote communities.
2. Inspire young people to be the change and give them the perfect platform to volunteer in that process.

What is the scope of coverage of Slum2School?
Our goal is to penetrate all slums and remote communities in Nigeria and eventually Africa. We are currently building a very formidable structure and strategy to achieve that. We focus on four key programs – advocacy programs, scholarships programs, community support programs and school support programs. Each program has about 3 to 6 different projects.

Tell us some of the most challenging part of running the project
It has been so crazy going on a journey with little understanding of the challenges. It’s quite an intense job. All eight core stages of our integral operational strategy have their unique challenges. You have to advocate, convince and even force some caregivers to allow their children go to school. You have to source for funds to support these children in schools and provide their needs. Imagine when you have 3 children in school, the challenges you face. In this case we have over 600 children and every week one of two are sick, some didn’t attend school due to home challenges, others need to replace their uniforms etc and all these are issues that we need to respond to ensure that these children stay in school.

How did you overcome the challenge?
I think when God gives you a vision, he always makes provision. So I will say he has been the source and solution and He always overcome the challenges even before they arise.

Can you share some of the most heartfelt moments of being part of Slum2School?
I will answer it from two angles. Firstly they have been some moments when we go into the community and we feel so much love from the mothers, the elders pray and bless us continuously; and most fulfilling is when the children run after us hugging and singing “Education is my friend”. There have been several cases where a child would have died and through us God keeps them alive.

Secondly I feel fulfilled when I hear news from some of our volunteers who got a job, invitation to international conferences, admission abroad or a recognition because of their impact through Slum2School. There have been dozens of such stories and many more to come.

How do you source support for the organization?
What sells us is our passion to solve a problem, our sacrifice to serve and our commitment to deliver above out targets. These attributes will always attract the right resources but we are not where we started and not close to where we plan to be. Slum2School started with personal savings, then support from friends and family who believed in the vision and decided to share the opportunity with other friends and family members. And today we have had over 1500 young volunteers from over 10 countries who have volunteered with us. We also have a few corporate organizations that have not only admired the impact of our work but are also willing to be long term partners.

How do you determine the beneficiaries of the goodwill of Slum2School?
We work with orphans and vulnerable children and we have standard selection criteria. We use internationally recognized vulnerability indicators. We have professional volunteers who are trained in that and they use baseline index assessments to ascertain the vulnerability of the beneficiaries.

Orondaam, Aisha Augie-Kuta, Timi Dakolo [L-R]

Describe an average day in Orondaam’s life
An average day in my life for now is 80% work and 20% fun. Most of the fun activities revolve around the community, the children, the team and the vision. Sometimes I wish otherwise and some friends try to woo me to hangout and party but the reason is simple, Slum2School is like a baby for us now, It has a potential to solve a huge challenge in Africa so it needs all the attention, care and commitment so we can build a solid foundation with a very great brand that will be sustainable.

What is that thing that keeps you going on all engines?
The burning passion to achieve our vision keeps me always motivated.

What is your vision for Slum2School?
The vision is way larger than me as an individual; everyone who is part of the organization today and even the organization itself. It’s a vision that keeps me super motivated even in my dreams. We desire to see an Africa where every child is in a good school. We hope to see a Nigeria where everyone will be empowered to contribute to the society and not liabilities. We hope to build an Africa where foreigners will come to invest and not give peanuts as charity. If we do not give 10 million out-of-school Nigeria children access to education today, what kind of future do we plan to live in. A future where we will sleep with our both eyes open? We can’t afford that. These children are humans like us and deserve the best.

What are your thoughts on the use of the media to promote charity causes? Do you see them as a means for ‘showmanship’ or a form of encouraging other people to join the cause?
One of our success tools has been the use of social media. It could be viewed as both but the truth is people always know when it is sincere and when it’s for show. As an individual I wish to see more young people actively involved in social development because we can’t always complain and criticize the government without adding value to the society. And social media is a tool that easily connects with thousands of people at a low cost and I think the more people hear about it, the more they will get involved. Imagine if we had 10,000 youth driven active organizations like Slum2School in Nigeria. Most of our challenges would have been reduced. And personally I am mentoring several young people who are already actively involved in social development.


Accountability for charities is something that people take for granted. Do you have a framework in place to ensure that everything is done above the table?
Of course we have no option than to ensure that we are accountable to ourselves and then to our partners and stakeholders. This is one thing that has given Non-Profits a bad name, but when a vision is bigger than the founder, you will ensure that nothing goes wrong so it can be achieved. Right from inception we started with the right operational framework, we operated under another reputable and professional organization for guidance, accountability and management. Then as the founder, I reported directly to the Director of that organization and that lasted for one year till we got registered. Today, we have a very reputable board of trustees with about 10 individuals who are also respected. But the best form of check and balance lies within us as individuals. We need to be exemplary and it should reflect in all we do.

Running a charity seems to be a fad in Nigeria – everyone is getting into it. How would you say Slum2School and your vision is different and geared for change/impact?
It is a good thing to be charitable and I advise more people to get involved in the right way though. Like I said earlier, in Slum2School Africa we are not doing this because we are bored or in need of something to do. We are not super rich people that need somewhere to throw out some money. We are not just concerned about activity but productivity. We want to solve a problem and that’s our goal. Our impact is what speaks for us and in less than two years we have received over 15 reputable national and international awards. Some include the Nigerian CSR Awards, Lagos State Honors Award as the most outstanding corps member in 2012, The Future Awards for two consecutive years 2012 and 2013, Nigerian Leadership Awards 2013, etc.

Those awards were never expected when I started this, but like I said let our intentions be sincere and focused on the social impact.
Orondaam Otto .... Slum2School Africa (4)Orondaam Otto .... Slum2School Africa (9)

Are there any sustainable structures being put in place for the children who are beneficiaries of Slum2School?
There are. Sustainability is our major concern and so we do not just sponsor kids to school but ensure that the retention rate is high and their performance improves. We have very integrated strategies in ensuring effective monitoring and mentorship because what matters is that the children stay in school.

Where do you see Slum2School in 5 years?
In 5 years Slum2School would be the 1st choice across Africa when it concerns education for disadvantaged & vulnerable children and promotion of active citizenship for young people.

Let’s relax a little

Which celebrity would you raid his wardrobe.
I’m a very simple guy and not a fan of fancy rainbow dressings. I love being moderately dressed and I love jacket. So I wouldn’t mind raiding Obama’s wardrobe. I love his suits.

What super power would you like to have?
The power to bring steady power supply to Nigeria.

If you had a genie’s lamp, tell us your three wishes (No, a million wishes is not part of it)
That I was married with 3 beautiful children and a lovely wife.
That I had all the resources to help all the vulnerable children I meet weekly.
That Nigerians will learn to love themselves more, and stop being hateful, selfish and unite as one to build our nation.

Mention your 5 pet peeves.
I hardly get upset or pissed. Okay, here are some pet peeves.

You know when you ask someone a simple, straightforward question and they spend ten solid minutes rambling on about everything in the world except the answer to your straightforward question? It could be frustrating.

Also you turn on your phone only to see a message saying “I can’t reach you, I have a question…please call me” but they don’t just ask the question and you call and the person says. “I just wanted to ask how you are doing.”

And finally people who honk in the middle of traffic expecting you to convert your car to a bird and fly.

Describe yourself in 5 words
Friendly. Empathetic. Optimistic. Loving. Innovative.

What would you not leave home without?
My manners.

What’s currently playing on your music player?
Great Nation by Timi Dakolo

Thank you so much for talking to us Orondaam. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the near future. Best wishes to all the Slum2School volunteers, from the BellaNaija team.

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76 Comments

  1. Whalezy

    January 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    God bless you Otto!

  2. iyabo

    January 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    God bless you. Keep up the good work.

  3. yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk/

    January 30, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Awww, so young and accomplished – what a kind-hearted fellow. May God help you do more!

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Product of public Education

    January 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Inspired.

  5. ides of march

    January 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Wow! People getting it done despite the challenges, I’m super-impressed! Keep up the good work.

  6. Oralhealthpro

    January 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Very inspiring u should be on african voices cnn
    Pls keep up the good work and don’t get discouraged

  7. Tosin

    January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Glad I caught this story.
    You know this is the second time I’ve had to write that I haven’t yet redeemed my pledge to help out with Slum2School, not in a mega way, just to share some love that can help the kids develop their talents and interests. Still owing that to myself, to God, gotta get to it, so easy to get to enjoying life and forget one’s promises to God sometimes.
    Mostly I want to say thank God for these ones who have wisdom far above their years. Far above their parents’ years in some cases. I’m older than this Otto (Orondaam) guy. But many of us can learn from him.
    I was very happy when the Nigeria Leadership Initiative awarded him at last year’s Gala. The right direction.

    • lilz

      January 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

      me too ooo i’ve not redeemed my pledge

    • @Cvizier

      January 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      please try and redeem it o. those kids need you

  8. Hollynolly

    January 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Kudos to you! More grease to your elbow. May God grant unto you all that you need to succeed in this project of yours in Jesus name, ‘amen!

    hollynolly.blogspot.com

  9. Aderonke

    January 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Well done Otto, God bless you. May he continually be ur strength.

  10. Sandra

    January 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Otto is one guy that can inspires a dead man to rise. And I love his selfless heart. He always wants to help everyone. I cnt forget how he helped me during our nysc even tho he has forgotten. GOD BLESS U BRO.

  11. Adams Ede

    January 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Nice one Otto. Nice one. More power and support to you.

  12. c'est moi

    January 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I’m so so proud of you, Orondam. From AISEC to your very own charitable organisation… may God bless the works of your hands and may your wishes come true…

  13. Kola O.

    January 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I am proud of you Otto. Because of young people like you we have hope for this generation and Nigeria. Don’t let the light go low. Great job to you and your team.

  14. beautifulonyinye

    January 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I went to school with this dude oh!He did. Anatomy,I medicine.Had YEAR. 1-3 lectures together..I’m more than. Impressed.Pls how do I get involved @ least. Financially. For. Now?Cos I’m quite busy to be hands on now.Oronndaam,keep up the good work.Unique Uniport.

    • @Cvizier

      January 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      follow @Slum2School and then you can keep up with our projects

  15. Angel

    January 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Pls BN how do one reach him or his organization? I mean an account number one can donate to to support this project? Good job, am impressed keep it up dear…..

    • @Cvizier

      January 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Slum2School Africa
      Website: http://www.slumtoschool.org
      Blog: http://www.slum2school.wordpress.com
      Twitter/Instagram: @Slum2School
      Tel: 0700SLUM2SCHOOL
      Mobile: +234 (0) 814 2828 750

    • @Cvizier

      January 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      To donate towards this campaign, kindly make payments only to the following Slum2School Project accounts:

      ACCOUNT NAME: SLUM2SCHOOL INITIATIVE

      ZENITH BANK NIGERIA: 1013299207

      GUARANTEE TRUST BANK NIGERIA: 0130659207

      Lets Make a great impact and transform our society together.

      For further enquiries contact support [email protected] or call +234 806 347 7974

  16. Warri Babe

    January 30, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hmmn, I worked as a JAN volunteer with Otto in 2012 as a corper and I must say he is PASSIONATE about this!!! God bless you

  17. LION

    January 31, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Well done Otto. Very proud. I don’t want to speak so much about your age, but I have to. I am impressed about your drive and passion and the fact that there is Structure to what you are doing. Not random and shortcut induced as seen most times, but well thought out and with a vision. You believe in this, and even went through self development, as I see with your UN course. Vision is everything. Well done and keep it up!

  18. @cvizier

    January 31, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Yeah! Glad to be a part of the Slum to school movement. Its a passion to serve that moves us all at slum to school. Come join us and u’ll be glad you did. Check us out on twitter @Slum2School

    • Anslem Ozor

      January 31, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      yeah. Casa weldone. follow us @ImpactAfrica

  19. SaveNaija

    January 31, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Wow, how can we be of help, should be the foremost on our minds, yeah? Not just sitting there and typing “God bless him, blah, blah, blah”. The usual lazy contribution. Find out how you can help! It could be in form of financial assistance (every little bit goes a long way), spreading the word to people in your circles who have the financial resources i.e, Nigerians who feel that they must give the church 10% tithe, here is their opportunity to help the vulnerable in our collective society OR spreading the word to other people who might not know about this project, but upon knowing, might be interested to assist. Quite procrastinating and thinking that you will give when you’ve made your first million. I for one, I am going to be donating my widows mite to their cause. BTW, where are BN commentators? If this had anything to do with TOKE, they will all crawl out of their holes to type their opinions. Common people where lies your values?

    • lilz

      January 31, 2014 at 9:33 am

      What now brought about 10% tithe here..if you feel the need to give then just do it already..did they tell you that people who pay tithe do not involve in charitable givings.. i ‘m a strict tithe payer and i engage in other charitable givings i have won several awards for so please relax and give…God bless you as you do

    • Anslem Ozor

      January 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks bro. People have been volunteering and we commend them for that. If they are interested in knowing more about us/ contributing, they should visit http://www.slum2school.wordpress.com http://www.slumtoschool.org

  20. neon

    January 31, 2014 at 9:06 am

    this young man makes me feel like i havent done anything with my life! walahi! it isnt always about money…. God bless you Otto!

  21. Winnie

    January 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Please BN I have a crush on this guy. I know it’s the wrong place to day this but I just admire the fact that he is humble and has a good heart. Moreover he is good looking and could have been doing something like lots of other guys. How do I get in touch with him. I will like to help out in my little way.

    • Aisha Ribadu

      January 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      So i have a crush mate. God is watching you Winnie. lol… Anyway God bless you Orondaam. Keep making Us proud.

  22. Annabel.

    January 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

    @SaveNaija: sometimes little prayers and good wishes go a long way than money. So If people say “God bless him, blah, blah, blah” You can’t imagine the numerous blessings that he will get. I have always admire him and his team. They are so unstoppable and sometimes I wonder what really drives them in this society that is so challenging. God bless you guys. I will volunteer this year. Pls how do I join? Anabella

  23. Kingsley

    January 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    It’s so funny but I remember when we were both doing our NYSC and Otto said he wld resign from the bank because of The children in Makoko. I laughed inside me cos I doubted he will push so far. But I am totally proud of how far he has come. His passion is infectious. Kai.

  24. Tolani

    January 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Hmmmm. Good to see this post. These are the kind of stories we should promote in Nigeria. Not the sad and demoralising stories we bear everyday. Congrats to Otto and everyone who is part of his team. Can someone tell me how to be part of this organisation. I just returned to Nigeria and I have so much free time for now.

    • Anslem Ozor

      January 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      visit slum2school.wordpress.com

  25. Lola

    January 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I am a volunteer with Slum2school and it has been a great experience and like Otto says. 2014 was a greater year so we are already optimistic about the success ahead. If you want to volunteer visit the website or blog to sign up. slumtoschool.org and slum2school.wordpress.com. or follow on twitter @Slum2School

  26. Anita O.

    January 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Great job Orondaam. We are indeed proud of you and will always support your great vision. Also remember to eat cos I know you love work more than food. Lol. Luv you and God bless.

  27. Ohgawd

    January 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Contact ACCOUNT DETAILS PLEASE. Every Little helps.
    Not all of us have this passion but all of us can definitely give to supporting this dream.
    I am bookmarking this page so i can come back and get the details.
    Thanks for sharing OTTO and that honking in traffic…i love! Also mine as well…
    I even drive slower just to annoy the person honking behind…

  28. Kehinde

    January 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Hi, Orondaam. I am Kehinde. Met you in 2012 on Eva’s (your volunteer) birthday. I want to partner with you on your project. I will get in contact with you when I get your number from her so that we can discuss in detail. Continue the good job

  29. isibor Nowe

    January 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Otto Orondaam is truly inspiration, right from the get go…and extremely supportive in every way…I have a thousand and one instances with different endeavours where I want to give up, and Orondaam will say to me “No Nowe, you CANT..if its meant to be…its up to YOU!!!…”then give me numerous bullet points on why i shouldnt give up..lol..then I’ll get fired up again and eventually finish the race #pheww.
    I truly believe in Orondaam as a person, his mission and vision.
    I pray God grant you the zeal, wisdom to continiously inspire and add value to our society.
    God bless your Noble and Sincere heart

  30. Fred Anderson

    January 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I live in the States and most of the things we hear about Nigeria are negative and I ask myself isnt there anything good happening in that country. But i am indeed happy to find one in this post. You guys need to support yourself and promote your good people. Great Job to Slum2School.

  31. Stephanie

    January 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Looking at the pictures on your Blog to see the joy on the faces of the volunteers makes me even want to be one immediately but I have applied twice but couldnt participate in the activities because i travelled out. Please i am back and ready to volunteer fully. What do i do? Can someone tell Otto that he has a great volunteer out there waiting. I will fill the application again. Not giving up. Stephanie Amadi.

    • Anslem Ozor

      January 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Steph, on the contact page of the website, kindly send a mail to us. We would be more than glad to have u on board

    • @Cvizier

      January 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      follow us on twitter dear and then the admin can discuss with you

  32. Chiamaka

    January 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Otto was my senior in Nigerian Navy secondary school and I used to admire the way he acted as health prefect. He made me to love medicine and today i am in my 5th year in medical school. I remember one day when my friend Ruth has an asthmatic attack and we ran to call him. I never forget the way he ran from the dining to the sick bay like it was his sister that was dying. I am not surprised that he has succeeded so fast and I pray that we can all support him. I know he wouldn’t remember me but May God protect you. Keep doing your best.

    • Bleed Blue

      January 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Wow! Chiamaka, your comment right here has unequivocally shown that Otto is the real deal when it comes to compassion for humanity. The man is unbelievable!

      I have to say I am so so so happy he didn’t end up in the corporate world. People like him have a calling…he makes me truly believe there is hope for my country.
      First I learn of United for Kids Foundation and now Slum2School…indeed there is hope.
      I’m off to his web pages to find out how I can do my bit. God bless you man!

    • Amanda

      January 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Wow. Chiamaka your comment gave me some goose pimples trying to picture the scene. I thank God for such a guy. Hope he finds a good wife who will support his vision and not be selfish. God bless you BN for sharing his story. I’m inspired.

    • Kehinde

      February 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

      I pray so too. That is the reason God says he who finds a wife (someone who understands your vision, mission and can propel or accelerate it) shall obtain favour from the Lord. Orondaam, I pray you will not miss your own wife cos it is key to fulfilling your purpose, which some children are depending on.

  33. Theresa

    January 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This is very inspiring! I believe this is the real change we need in this country: young, passionate Nigerians who are concerned about changing their country, not just complaining about it. God bless you Orondaam and all who work with you. You have indeed proven that it is possible to make a difference even with the little one has.

  34. Natasha

    January 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    It feels good to see that such people exist in our generation. I would like to meet this guy sha and wouldn’t mind helping him achieve his first wish.. I’m his number 1 fan. OMG.

  35. Stephen.

    January 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I started a similar project in Calabar during my NYSC and i discovered that so many children are out of school. its a very sad problem but i wish i could continue to help some of them, sadly I had to help myself get a job and thats how i forgot about the project. So reading about this guy, mehn i respect you. Only God can reward you, and please BN we will like to know how he overcame the challenges from family, money, life distractions etc. its just surprising though.

  36. Tricia

    January 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Wow. I met this guy at an event where he got the independence award last year in Trinity House and i was shy to say hi but when my friend did he was so humble and friendly. sadly i didn’t get his contact. I love the way he spoke. Young but intelligent. 26years but speaks like a 40 years old father. Even my mum wld be happy if I bring him home. lol.

  37. oresiaa

    January 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    This is an amazing and inspiring article, I had stubled unto slum2school’s instagram page. Seeing this on bellanaija is absolutely fanastastic.I do hope that this creates more awarness. By the way guys you all doing a GREAT job here and i do wish ye all the best.

  38. Cynthia A.

    January 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Please i want to volunteer for some months before i travel for my masters. I had my first degree in International development from the university of London. hope to be part of you guys soon. God bless.

    • Anslem Ozor

      February 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      @Stephen, in respect of the project you started in calabar, someone wants to continue from where u stopped. inbox me for more details.

  39. Anslem Ozor

    January 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Slum2School Project is about HOPE, changing the impressions that the past generations have bestowed wrongly upon us. We have decided to light the candle rather than curse the darkness, we have decided to be a voice and not tip, we have decided to see the future and refused to be blinded by our present circumstances. Since 2012, I ‘ve been volunteering and all I can say is that Nigerian youths need to be selfless. We do not have to see our own benefits first before lending our hand to a worthy cause. It was by volunteering that I had my first opportunity to attend conferences even outside Nigeria related to Education. Volunteering is your own way of saying ” I believe in the destiny of this great country. I’m looking forward to welcoming applications, questions and suggestions on how we could join hands to push the frontiers of Slum2School to remote places in North such as Kwassam, Pambeguwa, Soba, Faskari, Mubi, Zagon Kataf, Miango and even the remotest parts of Africa. I love Slum2School, I VALUE our volunteers and I remain committed to see that children in Slums have equal access to quality education .Join US!

  40. Jo!

    February 1, 2014 at 3:28 am

    http://slum2school.wordpress.com/contact-us/
    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: +234 806 347 7974

    BANK NAME: ZENITH BANK NIGERIA

    ACCOUNT NAME: SLUM2SCHOOL PROJECT

    ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1013299207

    BANK NAME: GUARANTY TRUST BANK NIGERIA

    ACCOUNT NAME: SLUM2SCHOOL PROJECT

    ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0130659207

    http://slum2school.wordpress.com/donate

    Google is not our enemy people.

  41. Jo!

    February 1, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Well done guys

  42. Slum2School

    February 1, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Hello everyone,
    Thanks for the support. We’re truly privileged to be able to serve and while we are very excited about our accomplishments since inception, we are looking forward to making education accessible to even more children who ordinarily might not have been in school.

    To volunteer, please go to http://slum2school.wordpress.com/volunteer and fill the form, we will get back to you.

    To donate, please go to http://slum2school.wordpress.com/donate our account details (Zenith Bank &GTB) are available there.

    For enquiries, please send an email to info(at)slumtoschool(dot)org or call 0700slum2school or 08142828750.

    We are on Twitter @slum2school and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/slum2schoolproject

    Thanks for your support and faith in us. #LetsDoMore #ForTheLoveOfAChild

  43. X- Factor

    February 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Absolutely Inspired!

  44. Modupe

    February 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Great job and this was really inspiring. I love the way he answered the questions. so mature and i love the professional approach, not just a random charity like we see everywhere. Please BN how can i get in touch with him. I need some mentorship.

  45. Theresa Dobajo

    February 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This is one article that has inspired me. congrats Otto, you have indeed inspired me to take action and stop procrastinating. I will resign from this place and pursue my dream. Oshe

  46. Kemi

    February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Wow. This interview just made me build more respect for Orondaam. Never even knew he had sacrificed this much. God bless u. Kemi ur friend.

  47. Tessy

    February 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Hmm its not easy to see a young guy who loves kids this much. That’s so lovely. I wonder what he will do to his own kids. God bless ur wife.

  48. mocha model

    February 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Deeply inspiring,

  49. funmi

    February 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    You are definitely an inspiration to me. I applaud you for your courage and determination to see your vision manifested. We need more Nigerians like you for real. Nigeria would be better. Please keep up the god work and God will continuously bless you and establish your organization. Also applaud all those working with you. God bless. People like you give me hope for the future of this country.

  50. Emem

    February 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I enjoyed reading this interview and i really respect you Otto but what kept crossing my mind were so many questions which remain unanswered. And i will like BN to have a 2nd round cos this is a practical example of a young person who will inspire so many others. A few include,
    1. Did he have all the plans in place when he started knowing it will be this big today?
    2. How did he raise funds or are his parents super rich because the pictures and quality of projects they carryout will run into millions?
    3. Almost all the volunteers look like rich kids from rich families. are they like a clique or from a particular group/school/church etc?
    4. Do they have staff and pay salaries?
    5. He said he works 80% of the time so how does he manage that with his relationship with friends, family and Girlfriend, if he has one?
    They are so many questions o. And BN pls these will help ppl like us who are interested in starting similar organizations.
    Thanks.
    Emem Whyte

  51. Femi

    February 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Lol. @Emem you can follow him and find out more. His twitter handle is @Otto_Orondaam. Don’t know if he is very active though.

  52. Adaeze Uba

    February 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Great job. Pls I will like to do a tv interview for you So more people can be aware and volunteer. Will send a mail soon. God bless you guys and the kids.

  53. Nene

    February 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

    My friend always talks about Slum2School that I thought she was his girlfriend. Until I watched him speak at an event and the passion in his voice even made me wnt to volunteer.

  54. uju

    February 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    proud of you Orondaam…by God”s grace we will finish this race we have started…

  55. Lola Banju

    February 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I think this guy is quite humble though. He keeps on saying WE almost through the interview that you would get confused thinking they re many founders. But his age ? 26 year’s? I’m super motivated. God Bless BN for this information

  56. Emily

    February 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

    How can I volunteer ? I have been seeing Slum2school everywhere. Nice job you guys are doing.

  57. Sedozan David Zokoro•Sr

    February 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Good one! Need more information

  58. biz

    November 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Nice article.

  59. Ikenna Uzoh

    September 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Great work Otto, may God continue to bless you and provide all you need for this great vision.

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