Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) in partnership with Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre (BGHPC), Jos on Wednesday put smiles on the faces of 120 physically challenged persons by giving out 120 tricycle wheel chairs, cartons of soap and cash gifts to them at the Chapel of Grace, Benue People’s House Makurdi.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the Founder ESLF and First Lady of Benue State, Dr. Eunice Ortom, urged them to make judicious use of the tricycle wheelchairs in order not to defeat the objective of the programme which is to support their livelihood activities.
According to Dr. Ortom, since the Foundation’s inception in 2016, it “has worked tirelessly towards the inclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) across its programme areas in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mantra that ‘No One Be Left Behind’.
Dr. Ortom further explained that “ESLF’s inclusion agenda is not exclusive to PWDs as it has been working to promote the inclusion of other marginalized persons such as women and youth in governance and economic development initiatives’.
She commended the partnership with BGHPC and its leadership, which she said made the event possible.
The First Lady charged the PWDs whom she described as “Differently Special”, to always remember their self-worth in line with the biblical injunction that they are “beautifully and wonderfully made.”
Speaking earlier, Chief Executive Officer of BGHPC, Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan commended ESLF for caring for vulnerable persons whom he urged not to let their physical state limit them from various life pursuits. Chief Gufwan charged them to vie for political offices in order to have a voice in the society.
Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, a woman leader of PWDs in the State, Mary Ejeh expressed gratitude to ESLF and its Founder for the donation which she said would aid them to go about their daily activities including businesses, education and other forms of skills acquisition.
In their good will messages Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Tabitha Igirgi, ESLF Ambassadors, Chiefs Cliff Atile and Tahav Agerzua, who inaugurated the tricycle wheelchairs, commended ESLF for the noble initiative promised to continue to support the Foundation.
Since its inception, ESLF in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has trained 30 youths and adolescents with disabilities on sexual and reproductive health rights, partnered United Purpose (U.P) to train 50 persons with different forms of disabilities on production of soaps, hand sanitisers, reusable pads and face masks, as well as supported 670 PWDs in Benue State with palliatives in partnership with Fidelity Bank PLC which are all in line with ESLF”s vision to build a society without barriers to decent living.