Blessing Mary Ocheido – Improving Mobility & Accessibility For Nigerian Students
Improving Mobility & Accessibility for Nigerian Students aims at improving educational opportunities for students with disabilities through addressing the human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. According to WHO, Nigeria has the highest number of out of school kids, totaling over 8 million kids. Due to socio-cultural impediments, most of these kids have a physical disability, which often leads to abandonment or being used to solicit for alms.
This project is important to build a society where no one is left behind and everyone – irrespective of disability – is empowered to be independent and productive. Blessing Mary Ocheido was inspired to pursue this through as someone living with a disability. Following a medical injury at the age of three, she became paralyzed from the waist down. Over the years, she has had to build disability ramps in the schools she attended, and in the places she has lived and worked. These challenges are the inspiration to better the lives of people going through a similar struggle.
Education is the major key in improving the quality of life of the millions of persons with disabilities in Nigeria. The Pollination Project grant is a very vital resource in order to procure mobility aids for children with disabilities and to install access ramps in public secondary schools in Nigeria. By doing this, youth will be empowered and seen as equally important members of the society.