In just a year, the lives of five young children have been changed and they now have a fresh opportunity at living their lives to the fullest.
Tari, a 13-year-old boy who lost his leg in a road accident when he was just 2 years and seven months old, is one of such children who now have a new opportunity to live and play like other children their age.
He is one of the beneficiaries of the #Together4ALimb initiative and now has both prostheses and an educational fund in his name.
There is also Chinonye who was born with a defect in her right leg and Fatima born with a congenital deformity which meant her leg had to be amputated. Both girls now have a shot at happiness and self-fulfillment. Aliyu Usman, on his part, got his foot and parts his leg crushed by a Keke driver but now, he’s telling other stories.
There is also the heartbreaking story of four children who were victims of Boko Haram terror attack in Northeast Nigeria.
Alhassan Abdullahi and his parents were shot. While his parents lost their lives, Alhassan survived the attack but he lost his limb.
A bomb blast robbed Mohammed of his parents and also his leg while Abubakar, an indigene of Jakana, was shot in the leg by bloodthirsty terrorists. He lost the use of his leg which was amputated to save his life. Goni was gunned down as well. He was so badly injured that his leg had to be amputated.
To make sure this children and others like them do not suffer stigmatization and lose opportunities of living life to the fullest, Stanbic IBTC’s #Together4ALimb initiative not only sponsored five of these children last year by fitting each of these children with prostheses but also instituted an educational fund for them.
A 1.5 million Educational Trust Fund was set up for each of the children so that their education can be provided for as far as they are willing and able to go and so that they can move forward towards achieving their dreams.
To further raise awareness on the plight of children without limbs, hundreds of people, including the five children that were fitted with prosthesis last year, came together on Saturday, 24 September 2016, in Abuja to complete a 3-kilometre charity walk as part of the exercise.
This year the initiative plans to also fit eight children with prostheses and provide educational trust funds for them.
See pictures of the beneficiaries below