L.I.M.P. (Living With & Managing Polio) Foundation is a non-profit organization set up because of the sole aim of advocating on behalf of people living with disabilities, especially polio, with respect to the ill treatments meted towards them in the society. It was discovered after a thorough research that disabled persons living with polio, have not been taken into consideration in the settings and running of the society, in the aspects of locomotion, recreation… In places like banking halls, wheel chairs are rarely sighted and this culture hampers the daily activities of such disabled ones unlike other contemporaries who are not living with polio and other disabilities.
In an interview with the CEO of the Foundation, Mr. Uche Victor Nwaneri, he mentioned that for more than 2 decades now, he has brought this impediment to limelight through broadcasting and the media. Now his intention is to bring to bear, his experience from that field, incorporating it in the running and organization of the L.I.M.P. Foundation. These individuals are human beings just like every other person and deserve a right to contribute to nation building and live a normal life made easier for them due to their incapacitation. Mr. Uche cited an example of how people living with AIDS are being provided with anti-retroviral drugs and other readily available health care. In the same vein, he made suggestions of the provision of walkways/sidewalks and security systems at banking halls, malls, definite parking spaces at churches/mosques and other locations which are able to accommodate them, as well as, provisions for them to conveniently get on and alight from public vehicles, providing them with employment and the government giving incentives to employers who hire such individuals. It’s everyone’s business because we have to set things right in our nation just like such provisions are available in some other countries. Tools like: radio, TV, newspapers, billboards and social media can be used by all and sundry and not just L.I.M.P. Foundation, to educate people and make them aware of the disability and treat the affected ones nicely.
Thus, the journey all began with the setting up of the foundation, creating its online presence, content development, branding of t-shirts, face caps, banners, flex, flyers, organization of volunteers and media awareness. On the 17th day of September, 2016 the Foundation was officially unveiled at Barcelona Hotel, Abuja. After the event, preparations were in top gear for the “1st October L.I.M.P. FOUNDATION WALK” with theme: “Sympathy to Empathy” held at Eagle Square, Abuja. Subsequently, the World Polio Day for this year being 24th October, 2016 witnessed a colourful Cocktail Party at The Bank, Dabras Hotel, Wuse II, Abuja. Amongst the over 40 people who graced the occasion were Dr. Mike Omotosho, Past President of Rotary Club District 911 (Nigeria); Barr. Justice (legal practitioner on the wheelchair) Mrs. Chika Nya-etuk; Broadcaster and anchor Edima Usoro; Newscaster and Producer Peter Kundum; Wazobia FM OAP Dumbili Obi; News Manager Fidel Oseghale, KISS FM News Personality Yecenu Sasetu and of course, a representative of the onuohaprecious.com blog, where you’re getting all the gist now from, lolz… Trust me, the aroma that filled the air was welcoming. The variety of meals, small chops, smoothies, chapman… were irresistible. Simply put, if you were not there, you really missed. And yes, thumbs up to “The Bank” for their support. And it was a wrap!
Interestingly, on a long term basis, L.I.M.P. Foundation has futuristic plans of visiting primary and secondary schools to educate the younger generation, holding fora for the disabled where testimonies are shared, programs for students’ and adults’ education and awareness. They are poised to advocate for other disabled persons like the blind, people with spinal cord injury, people limping physically, mentally and socially. The Foundation is also looking for and welcoming collaborations, support from organizations and individuals with similar interest and goals.
In Mr. Uche’s words: “As soon as one year, I see a L.I.M.P. Foundation in every state in Nigeria, I see a representation in every Local Government Area, I see L.I.M.P. Foundation in other countries of the world, I see L.I.M.P. Foundation going global, it’s a global thing, it’s starting here, it’s sprouting here because the situation here warrants it…”
Watch out for L.I.M.P. Foundation. It’s going places!