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Ray Of Hope For Children With Disabilities In Kogi State

Report from Lokoja in Kogi State, North Central Nigeria says, a non Governmental Organization, IREDE Foundation, has provided a ray of hope for children with disabilities.

Our Correspondent reports that the Foundation has pledged to assist children with disabilities, free limbs in the State.

The Organisation made the promise on Saturday at an early morning Walk for inclusion in its 9th edition of disability advocacy in Lokoja, Login State Capital.

Our Correspondent also reports that  the first edition of the 2023 walk, began around Treasure Eatery to Oasis Bakery along IBB Way,  Lokoja.

The walk is to join others in 60 locations across the Globe.

This year’s theme is titled: ”A walk for inclusion.”

Kogi State Coordinator of the Foundation, Peter Onyekwuo, described the walk as a “huge success” and “historic”, being the first edition in the state.

“IREDE Foundation is out to give hope to those human beings who are without lower limbs, especially children within the ages of 1 and 18-years old, by offering them limbs for free.

“It’s a clear and opened opportunity for People With disabilities (PWDs) to be in an inclusive world and have a limb.

“It is why we create a platform for them to see themselves as part of the larger world,” he said.

He noted that the Saturday’s walk serves as part of enlightenment and sensitisation to the residents of Kogi State that there’s something good for as many that would need help of a limb to be able to move about freely.

Onyekwuo further said that the foundation also offers opportunity for adults who might also be in need of a limb.

“The difference is that adults are expected to pay half of the cost unlike that of children that is for free,” he explained.

“The foundation is also going round placing hand bills in banks, hospitals, super markets/shopping malls, hotels, eateries/restaurants and parks.

“It is towards sensitising the public of the presence and offers of the foundation to the residents of the state,” he said.


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