By Emmanuel Elebeke & Ebele Onuorah
In effort to help make people with Down Syndrome live productively and independently, wives of Indian expatriates, the Nigeria West Indian Association(NWIA) last week donated an ultramodern catering centre valued at more than N1,000,000 to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria.
Handing over the equipment after the commissioning, leader of the group, Mrs. Pauline Fernandez said the gesture was part of the group’s annual activities to identify with the less privileged in society.
“Nigeria is our home, we live here, interact and go about our daily businesses here in Nigeria and we want to say that this is the place we call home, we know no other. For the love we have met here in this country over the years, we want to give back to society that has given so much to us,” she said.
She explained that their association works with other groups as well under the umbrella of Small World and they raise funds every year to execute special projects. Also speaking, another member of the association, Mrs. Beryl Ediale said “We choose a charity that we would work with and this year, we chose the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria to partner with.”
Ediale stated the Association has a skills acquisition centre in Oshodi, Lagos where they train young and elderly people especially women on vocational skills like fashion designing, computer literacy, catering, craft and so on.
National President, DSAN said: “We are so grateful to the Nigeria West Indian Association for coming to our aide and donating this facility to us, this will go a long way in affecting the lives of our children positively because they now have the equipments to get skills in catering which in turn will contribute their quota in nation building.
“This is a very great achievement for us here at DSFN because we have started to teach our members vocational skills with a view to making them very independent and productive.”