The Irede Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has called for support from kind-hearted Nigerians for the provision of artificial limbs for children amputees, as it disclosed it will be providing limbs to 100 children in 2022.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Mrs. Crystal Chigbu, made the plea after a walk tagged ‘Out-On-A-Limb’, to advocate for the inclusion of children amputees in all strata of life.
Chigbu said that the foundation was established 13 years ago when she gave birth to her daughter with a congenital limb deformity.
She said that the condition of her daughter spurred her to fight for the cause of children amputees in the country.
She said that the foundation would give out 100 limbs to children amputees in 2022 adding that a limb costs N1.5 million.
Chigbu explained that the walk took place in different parts of the world globally and simultaneously to raise their voice in support of children amputees.
Explaining that the walk is not just a mere activity, Chigbu mentioned that, “we are advocating for access to building, information, and access to everything possible to make them lead out their lives in full. Be an ambassador advocating for amputees.”
Chigbu expressed gratitude to supporters and sponsors of the programme like Procter and Gamble, IHS Towers, UPS, and Green House Bikers, among others.
In his remark, the Managing Director Procter and Gamble (P&G), Mrs. Mokutima Ajileye, made a donation of N7.5 million in support of children amputees.
Ajileye, represented by Mr. Dare Fadeji, Supply Chain Manager for the Company, Ajileye said that P&G believes that PWDs are limitless in spite of their disabilities.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Disability, Mrs. Adenike Lawal, lent her voice in support of children amputees with a call for an inclusive society.