In 2006, a rare winter storm buried the overhead bridge at Imerienwe in Owerre nta south in Imo State. The city was gridlocked. I was stuck in my home for eight days. Many people would consider that an inconvenience. For me, whose muscles are too weak to support my body, those eight days were potentially life-threatening. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that progressively weakens the body’s muscles, I was fully reliant on a wheelchair and full-time caregivers for most routine tasks. Being alone for eight days was not an option. I could imagine myself, having had a physical disability from birth, I knew I was different from my classmates. It took me longer to get around when I walked; I fell and lost my balance easily, which made recess scary rather than a time for play.
In Nigeria, Persons with disabilities persistently face stigma, discrimination, and barriers to accessing basic social services and economic opportunities. The goal of, 'touch 350 lives of physically challenged in lagos' a project in GlobalGiving to see to the needs of the physically challenged persons in society, those starved of services and mostly ignored by society, live in isolation, segregation, poverty, charity and even pity. They are deprived of education and employment.
We know times have been hard, and we are fueled by your continuous support and loyalty! Despite typical in-person opportunities being restricted, there are still plenty of ways to stay safely involved:
Every $1 you give helps fill 3 plates for those who are struggling to make ends meet. Monthly donors provide the funding that we can count on, and for those who can count on us, A gift of $25 will help to provide up to 75 meals each month. With your ongoing support, we can continue our mission to help the physically challenged in order to Improve Economic resilience and reduce the impact of the pandemic on them. “Join me by donating $1 for every hour you (or a loved one) needed help in life. Challenges come in different ways. We can build a better world if everyone contribute no matter how small to make the world a better place for all.