March 12, 2017

NAS lifts three children suffering from autism spectrum disorder

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

National Association of Seadogs, NAS, has appealed to the federal and  state governments to come to the aid of children suffering from autism spectrum disorder.

The association has also taken up the challenge of taking care of the education of  three children having the challenge.

Speaking at a fund raising for the less privileged in Abuja, Kubwa Zone  Chapter President of NAS, Samuel Ideagbon Abhulimen, appealed to government and the public to come to the aid of children with different disabilities  to give them  sense of belonging in the society.

Abhulimen   said, “The National Association of Seadogs is a charitable organisation. It  cares for humanity. We look at the less privileged children in secondary schools and we try to support them.

“We look at children with disabilities  who are willing to go to school. In this regard, we provide aid for them  like wheel chairs. We also assist people with eye problems.

“We closed  2016  by donating a  wheel chair to a JSS3 student  who was deformed.

“There is also on-going scholarship programme for children  who  are not able to pay their school fees or exams like WAEC and NECO and we also support bright indigent students. “We do not only want to help these autism  kids, we also want to draw the attention of children with autism and draw the attention of the public that there are less privileged children who have autism.

“The children of the elite have this problem and they go to school freely and they get trained but these children of the less privileged also have the right to get good education.”

Also speaking  at the occasion, the Chairman of the  NAS Fund  Raising Committee for the Less Privileged, Chief Donatus Iyinbor, said, “We are here to take care of the autism children. We want to raise funds through this event and support their education. In our  pilot scheme, we are going to support about two or three, then we will  include more children.

“The organisation was basically founded on the basis of taking care of the less privileged in the society and we intend to contribute our quota by ensuring that the less privileged have a better life”.

The father of two of the children suffering from  autism who benefitted from the NAS  scholarship, John Peter, said  Isaac, 10, and David, 7,  have since their birth been having challenges.

He said, “The children have never been to school before.  Since there were born, they have been having many challenges and we have been treating them, going to hospital, going to prayer houses with  the hope that their conditions will improve.

“Their condition has made their mother not to send them on errand and cannot even leave them alone in the house.”

The representative of the Director of Secondary Education Board, in Bwari Local Government, Dr Beatrice Ogerenyi, expressed appreciation to the association for the gesture.

He said, “Today is a day of love, that is the agape love and it is a very thing to do, showing love to those who don’t have love and the less privileged in the society. The board is making efforts to take care of the children to make them better.”