Centre for Intellectual and Special Needs Support (CISNS) NGO has empowered over 50 persons with disabilities (PWDs) with different vocational skills.
Speaking at the end of the two-week long training programme in Amukoko area of Lagos State, the founder of CISNS, Mrs. Franca Anaedum explained that the training was initiated as part of efforts of the organization to equip PWDs and show to the world that PWDs are a meaningful part of the society.
Mrs. Anaedum said if PWDs are better equipped and meaningfully engaged, they would be independent and not object of poverty as usually and wrongly projected.
“This project is to help the world, starting from our communities, to better understand that disability is not a disease but a condition that requires empathy and not sympathy.
“At CISNS, we believe that if PWDs are empowered, they would contribute their quota to society. This is the reason we have embarked on this project without any funding support,” the CISNS founder added.
She thereafter appealed to interested individuals, philanthropists, and corporates to support the initiative and to continue to positively impact the lives of PWDs and their families.
One of the beneficiaries, Ayodele Joseph, an amputee who learnt barbing said the two weeks of training have made him feel relevant to society and hopes it continues so that more PWDs can benefit. He also commended CISNS for setting up the training session which he alluded to be very important to meet the needs of PWDs.
Another beneficiary who is visually impaired, Folorusho Oluranti appreciated the initiative and sought further empowerment after the training in order to implement what has been taught.
“After the training, we want financial empowerment because we need support so that we can be able to practice what we have been taught,” she added.
Certificates were presented to all the participants at the first training session for PWDs organized by CISNS. The different vocations taught at the training were; Barbing, Fashion, Arts and Craft, and Catering and Confectionaries.