An, Disability Is Not A Barrier (DINABi), has donated foods and households items to 152 blind students and pupils in Ekiti State.
The Executive Director of DINABI, Mr Funso Olajide, told newsmen at Ikere Ekiti on Wednesday, that the gesture was borne out of the NGO’s desire to contribute to the development of the students and pupils.
Olajide spoke after making the donation which include foodstuff, biscuits, toiletries, beverages, toothpaste and toiletries among others to the beneficiaries at the Ekiti Special School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti.
The executive director promised that the NGO would sensitise parents of the People Living With Disability (PWDs), on the need to properly care for them.
“We find out that most parents bring their wards and children to the school without providing them with the necessary household items.
“Though, the school is free, financed by Ekiti State Government, but government expects that parents provide their wards and children with these basic household items.
“DINABI believes that, if it assists these pupils and students with such items, it will go a long way to help make them become focused and developed in their academic activities among others,” he said.
Olajide told the beneficiaries not to be discouraged by some elements that had formed the habit of looking down on physically challenged people.
“We are here to sensitise these young ones that, irrespective of their present physical challenge, they can still achieve their dreams.
“PWDs can make meaningful impact in the society, if they do not give up on themselves ” he said.
Speaking on the topic: ‘Positive Minds, Positive Vibes Brings Positive Life’, the Programme Officer of DINABi, Miss Hellen Ibitoye, a physically challenged called on the PWDs to be positive in their thinking.
“Yes, you may be blind but your brain still works normally. You are what you think of yourself, when you say you cannot, that is negative thinking.
“I challenge you to practice positivity, always have it at the back of your minds that you can make it in life. Believe in yourself that you can rule your world,” Ibitoye said.
In their separate remarks, Mr Omotola Omotunla, Chairman, Ekiti State Joint Association of People Living With Disability (JONAPWDs), Mr Sheidu Olasunkan and Mr Kayode Owolabi encouraged the students and pupils never to give up.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Deborah Akinwole, thanked the NGO for the gesture, calling on other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to emulate its foot step.
Edited Kola Adeyemi/Dada Ahmed
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