Persons with disabilities in Nigeria face stigma and discrimination in the form of negative attitudes among family and community members, name-calling, and wrong beliefs about the causes of disabilities, which results in low self-esteem, depression, and isolation.
Disabled people are large minority groups, starved of services and mostly ignored by society, live in isolation, segregation, poverty, charity, and even pity.
Due to discrimination, they do not go to public places and not free to get those rights that a non-disabled person gets.
They are deprived of education and employment.
A Non-government Organization championing charity works in ensuring healthy quality living and fostering help for the less privileged, persons with disabilities, widows, and other vulnerable groups domiciled in Abraka Delta State Nigeria, flag off her new project designed especially for the Physically Challenged.
In a statement issued by the Executive Director of the Organization, Very Rev. Fr. Paul Arinze Obi (JP) said it’s the culture of the organization to reach out to the needy at every occasion Feast of Easter.
This year 2021, we have tagged the project “Project for the Needy” which aimed to support the persons living with disabilities (PLWD) by empowering them with useful tools and financial aid to gain self-employment.
The focus is an appraisal response to research that argues that people living with a disability (PLWD) face societal barriers including workplace participation.
The project envisaged exploring how the barriers to social participation, specifically workplace participation, faced by PLWD are exacerbated by the lack of appropriate support, stigmatism, self-efficacy, and thus providing educational enhancement. The activities are carefully selected as follows:
1. Provide support
2. Provide knowledge to counter stigmatization, amongst others.
Chief Press Officer, Nigeria