According to data published by the National Population Commision of Nigeria(NPC) , no fewer than 19 million Nigerians live with one disability or the other. Which means at least 1 in every 10 Nigerian is disabled.
This portion of the population will have physiological peculiarities that may not allow them to have the same quality life that an average fully bodied person will have. For this reason, it is important that we share organisations that have made it their mission to provide support for the disabled community in one way or the other.
Here is our list of 10 Nigerian NGOs that support people with disabilities in Nigeria.
Irede Foundation: The organisation specialises in child amputee advocacy. It was founded in 2012 by Crystal Chigbu who in 2009 had a daughter that needed to have one of her limbs amputated. The organisation exists to empower child amputees and help them lead the fullest lives.
Click here to learn about the Irede foundation.
The Cerebral Palsy (CP) Centre: Fully interpreted as the Cerebral Palsy Centre, the organisation was founded by Nonye Nweke who is also a parent of a child living with cerebral palsy. At the time, (2007) , there were scarcely any centres that provided the specialised care that her baby needed, so Nonye identified the gap and filled it. The organisation focuses on providing therapy, counselling, respite care, free accommodation to children living with cerebral palsy. Click here to learn about the cerebral palsy centre.
Morainbow Down Syndrome Foundation: This foundation works to provide a bridge that connects children living with down syndrome to the world and helps them function and find their place. The organisation was founded by Tola Makinde who is also a mom to a child living with down syndrome. She recognised the importance of early intervention and went to work setting up a foundation and ability centre that would cater to her daughter and others with down syndrome. Click here to learn more about Morainbow Foundation.
Bethesda Home for the blind: Located in Lagos, the bethesda home for the blind is an organisation that provides education and care to visually impaired persons. The home was created to serve as a centre of excellence in caring for the visually impaired, to enable them feel like other members of society and make them self reliant. Click here to learn more about the Bethesda Home for the blind.
Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI): This is an organisation that exists to give a voice to the deaf women in Nigeria. DWAI raises awareness among general populations about sensitive issues that affect deaf women and their children. Click here to learn more about Deaf Women Aloud Initiative.
Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC): With over 2,000 beneficiaries, DRAC is an organization that works to help integrate people with disabilities into the society and create a world free from discrimination by raising awareness on the needs and peculiarities of disabled people. The organization focuses on providing support to women and girls as they are often the more vulnerable of the demographic.
Click here to learn more about DRAC.
The Leprosy Mission Nigeria: The organisation works to champion awareness for people and communities affected for leprosy that have otherwise been neglected. They provide spiritual, medical and financial support for the affected persons as well.
Click here to learn more about The Leprosy Mission Nigeria.
Sightsavers: With work spanning over 60 years, Sightsavers is an organisation that works to treat ailments that cause blindness and also advocate for the rights of disabled people. They provide help to people living with Blindness, helping within with medical support when treatment is still an option. Click here to learn more about Sightsavers.
Lotus Initiative for the Blind: This is an organisation that campaigns locally and nationally, to prevent avoidable sight loss, influence government law and policy, and empower people to advocate for an inclusive society for all. We provide expert eye health information to anyone concerned or living with sight loss.
Click here to learn more about Lotus Initiative for the Blind.
Benola - A Cerebral Palsy Initiative : Benola is an initiative that has worked towards providing support for children living with Cerebral Palsy and providing support to affected families to help cope with their situation and also help leverage support from the government and private sector.
Click here to learn more Benola.