Disabled and physically challenged young people and adults in Nigeria are at risk of extreme social exclusion. Sadly, such ignorance results in many being neglected, abandoned and isolated from an early age leading to early death as well. Our project provides support for physical and mental needs in a secure environment, with a basic education, to improve their own future and the way that disability is regarded in their community.
It is very common in Africa for people who have a disability or are physically challenged to be discriminated against and made to be invisible, ignored or abandoned, especially in the poor communities. Some of their families are in abject poverty and as such consider their disabled child as a curse or punishment. Due to lack of education and healthcare provision for disability, many families simply don't understand how to support their child in such a condition.
We provide humanitarian services in health-care, physiotherapy, food, music, crafts, sports and basic education to enhance the young people's standards of life in our home and outreach day projects. We provide basic schooling and activities to improve self-confidence. We also teach parents how to care for a disabled child, and live a healthy well nourished lifestyle, so they can pass what they learn on to others in the community.
This project will provide services that would seek to transform lives of the disabled and physically challenged people to ones of confidence, security and promise. We seek to transform whole communities in their understanding and response to disabled people. Success will be that all the families we serve feel supported, and the disabled more accepted. From those we have provided for so far, we have seen the clear benefit of our work. More funding will enable it to be sustained and expand.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).