Isolo is located in the suburbs of Lagos, on the southwestern coast of Nigeria. The exact population of Lagos is difficult to calculate due to the constant number of people who move to the city, but it is estimated to be up to 23 million.
Overall, it is a wealthy area, but inequality persists. Many families live in slums with poor infrastructure, leaving children at risk. Furthermore, a large number of children do not go to school. HIV/AIDS is widespread and leaves many children without parental care.
Since 1973, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Isolo.
The standard of living in Lagos is generally high. However, the distribution of wealth is extremely unequal and 8.5% of people live in poverty. Hundreds of thousands of people come to the city every year hoping to improve their living conditions, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
However, the rapid growth of the city has led to overcrowding, lack of infrastructure, great poverty and growing slums. Children suffer greatly growing up in these conditions, as they are vulnerable to diseases and often drop out of school and go to work.
Lagos is an extremely densely populated city and, as in other parts of the country, the spread of HIV/AIDS is a serious challenge. Over 190,000 people in Nigeria are newly infected every year, including children.
In addition, many children are indirectly affected as their parents fall ill. These children are at risk of losing parental care or being left entirely on their own. They have to beg or work to make ends meet and rarely go to school. Without education, children and young people have a hard time escaping the vicious circle of poverty.