Child Life-Line is a non-profit, charitable association funded entirely by voluntary donations from individuals and organisations. It was registered as a charitable NGO with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in 2009 and is a member of the Unicef sponsored, Child Protection Network of NGOs and relevant government organisations.
Child Life-Line was founded in 1994 by Mrs. Marion Sikuade when a survey undertaken by the National Commission for Mass Literacy for World Bank revealed that there were many out-of-school children who were subsisting in the streets of Lagos and not in their own homes. This was confirmed when, in 1995, with funding from UNESCO, CLL in partnership with the National Commission for Mass Literacy carried out a Survey of Street Children in Lagos, interviewing over 630 street children.
CLL supports and enables vulnerable young persons at risk or in need, to develop into self-reliant, self-supporting, independent and responsible citizens who are empowered through formal and/or vocational education.