Foundations donate over a hundred artificial limbs

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Government at all levels and social spirited individuals have been asked to help enhance the lives of those with disabilities.

The charge was made by the Chairman of Hope and Life Foundation, Mr Niyi Ibikunle at the distribution of artificial limbs to the physically challenged in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

The event, organized with Tolaram Foundation witnessed the distribution of one hundred and thirty four artificial limbs, amounting to about N13m.

Mr. Ibikunle explained that the programme distributed the already measured limbs to people, with no political or religious undertone.

“The aim of this programme is to distribute artificial arms and legs for the beneficiaries and about 134 people have benefitted from the programme for both arms and legs and about 64 beneficiaries for the calipers,” he said.

Some of the donated limbs
Some of the donated limbs

The chairman of Hope and Life Foundation, who noted that the programme was unprecedented, said another one would soon be organized.

He called on Nigerians to emulate the facilitators of Tolaram, who are mainly Indians, by remembering that people with disabilities can contribute effectively as a part of the larger society. IMG_20160520_131213

The representative of the donor organization, Tolaram, urged individuals and corporate organizations to assist the indigents.

Dr Jaiprakash Bidlan remarked that some had committed suicide as they became completely hopeless after losing their limbs.

“Giving hope to the hopeless remains the essence of human existence. The society stands to benefit much by empowering those who are considered disable to become able.

Since Nigerians are highly religious and service to humanity is at the core of every religion, it is expected that government and buoyant individuals as well as corporate bodies will come up to assist the needy. This is the driving force behind Tolaram gesture and we shall be organising this across the country,” he said.

Another beneficiary tries on the free prosthetic leg

Beneficiaries of the programme, sourced across Osun State, expressed gratitude to the two foundations for the good gesture.

They had earlier expressed their pessimism, when they initially measured; thinking the exercise would turn out to be like previous fruitless ones.

They added that they felt relieved and prayed for more of such programmes throughout the country.