According to World Health Organization’s report on disability published in 2011, about 25 million Nigerians had at least one disability, while 3.6 million of these had very significant difficulties in functioning.
According to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, about 110 million Nigerians still live below the poverty level.
(Vanguard, August 20, 2015).
Considering the above reports, disability in itself is a challenge how much more in a country where more than half of the population are living below poverty level which exposes them to extreme difficulty in accessing better life. The plight of the disabled in Nigeria is better imagined than experienced.
The need to improve the plight of the physically challenged in Nigeria is an issue of great concern that requires a declaration of a state of emergency by the federal government. This is the reason for our campaign to create awareness to the ugly situation faced by the physically challenged persons in the country. The level of disregard by the system of these fellow citizens in our society can easily be seen in the way our social infrastructures are built as most of them do not make for easy access to the physically challenged such as transportation, public restrooms, buildings, etc.
Arm of Hope foundation over the years have been committed to alleviate the plight of the physically challenged persons through:
a. Provision of prosthesis limbs
b. Organizing of a skill acquisition training
c. Financial support
Our efforts over the years has assisted many to be confident and self-reliant.
The provision of limbs, training and financial support was a huge relief to our beneficiaries who prior to this time depended solely on family members for survival.
The beneficiaries of the free prosthesis limbs were delighted to the Foundation for the kind gesture.