In 2012 Friends of the Disabled (FOTD) received and accepted a letter from Loyola Jesuit to carry out their Service Project in our Centre. While we were surprised that such a school with the children of Elites in Nigeria could think of coming to us, they, on their side were eager to get us accept so as to expose their students to the less privileged to learn how to handle them since they are the leaders of tomorrow. The first set of students to carry out the; Service of God and Others, are; * Esan Mosimiloluwa,*Umeano Obidigbo, *Ayotunde Ogunye,*Amara Uche-Anya and *Ajoku Chimezie.
All expressed surprised (in writing) at what they saw and experienced in FOTD contrary to what they had in mind when they heard of going to a Disabled people Centre. After the service, they now know and acknowledged that there is only a narrow gap between trainable disabled group and the society.
They highly got involved in all the activities of the Centre including, Environmental Sanitation and cleanliness, Tailoring, Shoe and leather works ,Bead making, Welding and sign language learning. They attended to our fish farming and crop planting. They participated in one of our corn harvest , cooking and eating. They wished they stayed longer but it was not possible and it is a one-off activity as they would not have the opportunity to take other students’ chances of service. We miss them but got comforted when the second set came in 2013. The pictures of some of the activities can be seen here which includes: Sign language learning, environmental cleaning, being busy in the sections, and visits by their school Authorities; MR. Maximus Ibeneto and Mr Benjamine respectively.
FOTD is very grateful to Loyola Jesuit Authorities who looked inwards to associate themselves with the poor and the needy. This is a big PLUS for the future generations.
Chief (MRS.) Aku Christy Orduh, Executive Director