Posted: Mon, February 12, 2018 | By: Nigeria
The “Almajiri” are boys given by their parents (generally impoverished) to Islamic centers in northern Nigeria for the majority of their childhood. The boys learn only the Koran and other Muslim texts, and are sent into the streets to beg for money and food.
The Almajiri rarely learn unemployable skills, and thus, in adulthood, a huge percentage end up in criminal activities. Approximately 80% of the terrorist group Book Haram is composed of ex-Almajiri boys.
Mustapha Isah Bello—a 29-year-old student of mechanical engineering at the University of Maiduguri—requested and received funds from Brighter Brains Institute to teach a workshop on detergent-making to Almajiri boys. Mustapha is a volunteer with ENDS (“Every Nigerian Do Something”)
Below is a photo of the workshop - thanks Mustupha!