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Project Enable feeds over 900 families of Persons With Disabilities

By Ngozi Egenuka
11 August 2020   |   3:32 am
In catering for the wellbeing of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in the community, Project Enable Africa (PEA), in partnership with Ishk Tolarm Foundation...

In catering for the wellbeing of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in the community, Project Enable Africa (PEA), in partnership with Ishk Tolarm Foundation has put food on the tables as the world keeps fighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. on those with disabilities in different parts of Lagos.

Speaking at the final batch of the food drive which held in Alimosho, Lagos, founder PEA, Mr Olusola Owonikoko in his statement said that collaborations between corporate organisations and development outfits can better enhance the delivery of sustainable development solutions to the underserved communities, stating that business-NGO partnership will aid the co-creation of inclusive and sustainable development

The food drive project catered for families of those with disabilities in several parts of Lagos. The beneficiaries included those with visual impairment, hearing impairment, the physically challenged, albinos amongst others.

The food packs contained sizeable kilograms of rice, beans, garri, and other items like pasta, vegetable oil, tomatoes paste, sanitizers, nose masks, COVID19 sensitisation materials, and a transportation stipend.

Beneficiaries of the food drive project showed appreciation for the food palliative which according to them will go a long way in feeding their families.

A visually impaired beneficiary, Mr Tochukwu, who resides in Ikotun said, “Though I cannot see the content of the food pack, but by lifting it, I can tell that the package is exceptionally loaded, and this is a good idea, considering that many of us with disabilities have lost our means of livelihood to the present economic challenges.

“On the other hand, those who rely on others for means of survival have become stranded, either because our dependants have lost their jobs or due to the reality that businesses havent been the since the pandemic started

” We understand that this is what government should do, but it has clearly shown that they have several limitations. The Project Enable approach is very commendable most especially the level of coordination.”
Head, Communications, PEA, Lanre Olagunju, explained that the project was successful due to support from partners and volunteers.

“The Food Drive project commenced in April, where we engaged the door-to-door approach in reaching families of persons with disabilities during the lockdown. However, we were overwhelmed with several requests from different parts of Lagos and outside Lagos.

The partnership with Ishk Tolaram Foundation has helped us to reach more of this request, and we have successfully reached out to over 900 families in various part of the state including Surulere, Amukoko, Olodi Apapa, Badagry, Baraiga, Festac town, Ikorodu, Oshodi, he added.”