In response to several distress calls it has recieved owing to the devastating effects of Coronavirus on businesses, jobs and health of persons, AbilityPlus Initiative has reached out to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) with food items and cash.
AbilityPlus Initiative is a Non governmental organisation that showcases Abilities in Disability.
The organisation focuses on creating awareness about persons with disabilities, addressing challenges facing Persons with disabilities in Nigeria, empowering persons with disabilities in their various skills. And advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all facet of life. Where you have pressing and fundamental questions pertaining to persons with disabilities; AbilityPlus Initiative hopes to answer and clear them.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Janet Fasakin in a statement sent to INN explained that the gesture was in response to the number of distress calls and messages for help from her members and against all odds, she has decided to take the bull by the horn and do something about it.
She said the organisation had earlier put out an appeal to it’s partners, and sponsors, who were magnanimous to support wholeheartedly.
Through donations, she said the organisation was able to get two bags of rice, cartons of noodles, spaghetti and face masks which according to her, will be distributed among 30 deaf women in need in Abuja.
“We have also reached more than 20 beneficiary by sending them a conditional cash transfer. We hope this will go a long way to put smile on their faces as they face discrimination at times in the larger society.” Fasakin said.
She said the organisation having supported persons with disabilities with cash and foods materials, also decide to use the opportunity to empower deaf women with training on how to make hand sanitizers so that the trainees could make a living out of it.
“We also feel that we should not just stop at giving them food, but we can empower them in this trying time in making hand sanitizers so they can venture into the business in this Covid-19 as Hand Sanitizers has become a lucrative business this season.
“We don’t want to just give then what to use but we want to teach them how to Fish so they can be able to catch more fish by themselves.
“After this empowerment and distribution of Palliative for Deaf Women in Abuja, It’s my hope we can sponsor about 5 of them on making hand sanitizers as a business to help them financially,” she said.
While thanking donors and sponsors for their donations, Fasakin appealed for more support from good people to help put smile on the face of PWDs with this link Abilityplusinitiative@gmail.com.
She also thanked Corper Martha for facilitating training empowerment on hand sanitizers for the deaf women.
She listed the donors so far to include Mindfarm initiative founded by Mr. Dapo Olotu, Hon. Chidi Olujie foundation, Olufemi Ige, T.O.L.A foundation and Mr. Olusegun Aluko.