MTN Foundation is ready to give starter packs on the 3rd of May 2012, to the 45 youths with disabilities to complement what the federal Ministry of Women Affairs and National Directorate of Employment (NDE) had given to help them continue their business and live lives with out begging. These packs are tools and equipment in the relevant trades they learnt in the Centre. We are grateful to them and hope that this effort will add to the support that make disability a thing of the past.
Our fifty current students will go for industrial attachment in August 2012 to learn how their individual trades are being handled by experts/artisans in the Community and how they make a living with it. This programme is also for integration purpose when the Community members would see and accept them as integral and positive part of the Commnunity. The programme lasts for two or three months. Our products meet the required standard but we need to establish steady markets for sales ,this is one of our concerns now.
The parents of the present students are more understanding and communication with Friends of the Disabled is more cordial.This is encouraging and helps us to handle some behavioural traits from the students especially those with hearing and speech impairment.The parents have asked for some skills/trades to be added which is not in theCentra and which they have seen as easy and readily rewarding .They are barbing/hairdressing and confessionaries which can be learnt in a few months .
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Isale Eko, Lagos Island