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Int. Girl Day: Rotary clubs, NGOs sponsor 40 deaf children, donate sanitary napkins

By Cecilia Ijuo

The Empowering Girls Initiative Committee, in collaboration with Rotary Clubs of Abuja and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), on Wednesday sponsored the start of school for 40 out-of-school children.

The NGOs are Development Initiative for Youth Excellence, Progress and Stability and LexF H Humanity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that clubs and NGOs have also donated items to students.

One hundred and twenty girls received four towels each, 180 boys received socks and drinks.

Students also learned how to make drinks, lip gloss, cakes, and soap, among other things.

Rotary District 9125 Governor Dr Goddy Nnadi, who led clubs and NGOs on a visit to Abuja School for the Deaf in Kuje, said it was part of the International Day commemoration activities of the girl.

He said the sum of N200,000 was also donated to the school to enable the students, who had been expelled from the school due to non-payment of Parents’ Association dues ( PTA) of 5,000 naira each, to return to school.

Nnadi, who declared the event open, said the effort was driven by the need to ensure that no children, especially those with special needs, stay in school.

Nnadi said that in addition to sponsorship, the club, in collaboration with other stakeholders, would organize medical awareness in the school.

According to him, raising awareness will help determine the level of impairment children have and what can be done to restore the hearing ability of those with less severe cases.
He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and businesses to come to the aid of the school.
He said, “Rotarians make an impact and we show it by what we do.
“This initiative started in 2021 and this year we decided to raise awareness of the little girl.
“The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated every year to identify issues related to the girl child, what we owe her and the challenges she faces.
“The day is also marked to identify some of the challenges the girl is trying to hide or pretend to be and what we are doing here today will help bring some of those issues to the fore.”
The governor said there was a need to create a constant awareness on the education and empowerment of girls, saying they were an essential component of society.
He also said that the girl was often a victim of drug addiction, trafficking and other vices and needed to be properly educated.

Rotary International District 9125 Chair of Empowering Girls Initiative, Ms. Lovina Okorn-Ntui said the rotating clubs decided to visit the school for the deaf to allow the students to get a feel for the day.
She said: “We decided to come to School for the Deaf because we thought about diversity, equity and inclusion.
“We have impacted the lives of girls without special needs, so this time we decided to celebrate with girls with hearing loss and other special needs.
“These children need all the support because their case is pathetic.”
The president added: “As I speak to you, we have children who have been abandoned here by their parents due to their condition.
“In fact, there’s a little girl we empowered today whose mother had a stroke and who lives in an unfinished building.
“We learned that the father threw her here and left.”
Ntui called on the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of disabled children in the country.
She said it was necessary for everyone to be ready to help children, adding that “government alone cannot do it”.
She further called on individuals and organizations to visit the school often to reassure them that Nigerians love them despite their condition.
Mr. Abdulrazaq Surajo, Principal of Abuja School for the Deaf, Kuje, expressed his gratitude for the support the school has received from rotating clubs and NGOs.
“We are grateful because of the visit.
“These children need all the support not to feel like second-class citizens.
“These are healthy children with virtually every ability that can enable them to contribute their quota to the growth of the nation if properly cared for,” he said.
Surah called for support especially in the area of ​​ICT, infrastructure and other student needs.
NAN reports that the highlight of the event was the donation of schoolbags, uniforms and books, among other things, to the students.
The event was also marked by lectures on self-esteem, substance abuse, and menstrual health and hygiene.
The lectures also covered sex education and information and communication technologies (ICT), among others.
The Abuja School for the Deaf has no less than 600 students and operates as a day and boarding school.
Meanwhile, the International Day of the Girl Child is observed every October 11 to bring global attention to the concerns of the girl child and the theme for 2022 is “Our time is now – our rights, our future”. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Ese E. Eniola Williams

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