SIFAX Group has partnered with two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Initiative for National Growth and Mo Rainbow Foundation, to train physically-challenged children in Lagos. About 70 visually-impaired and 50 children living with the down syndrome benefitted from these trainings.
At the training for the visually-impaired organized by the Initiative for National Growth, topics such as choosing a career in public speaking, mass communication, law and psychology, mobility skills for the blind, legal rights, music therapy and sports skills were discussed in addition to free malaria and HIV tests that were carried out for both participants and their caregivers.
Mo Rainbow Foundation, on its part, hosted children living with the down syndrome to a five-day inclusive creative arts training, which was meant to enhance their learning and adaptive skills.
Dr. Fola Rogers-Saliu, Executive Director, Human Resources and Administration, SIFAX Group, noted that the company’s resolve in making the society a better place for everybody, especially the physically challenged, is the reason for sponsoring the events.
She said: “At SIFAX Group, we take delight in supporting social causes that positively impact and add value to the society. The major beneficiaries of our social interventions are the less privileged – the poor, orphans, widows, physically-challenged children, among others.Physically-challenged children are shut out of many opportunities in the country due to their condition. These training were then designed to prepare them for the real world, to equip them with skills that are required to succeed, even in a competitive environment.”
Rachael Inegbedion, Coordinator, Initiative for National Growth, noted that the blind community has been under served especially with training that centers on equipping them with life skills. “I and my team, after careful deliberations saw that there is a need to equip the blind community with life skills that will make them better people in the society. With this training, we want to stimulate the abilities in them and see them grow to become renowned professionals and experts in the different fields they have been trained today”, she explained.