By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Toni and Tosin Foundation UK(Choose Hope) on Wednesday distributed writing materials, food, and drinks to 600 pupils and students of Kwara state school for Special Needs in Ilorin.
The State Coordinator of the Foundation, Pastor Mrs. Busola Olootu, speaking before the distribution said the boys which the Foundation is named in honor were born deaf but could now hear with the aid of an implant.
Olootu who is also the grandmother of the twin boys age 13 said the unpalatable experience the mother had while raising the boys birthed the Foundation.
According to her, “These identical twin boys, Toni and Tosin Kalejaye were born with ear impediment, which has been corrected with an implant.
“They are my grand-children, born 13 years ago, profoundly deaf. It was tough for their mother bringing them up. After God has helped her to bring them up, she has this vision for children who have special needs, especially, children with ear impediments.
“She has been raising funds for children in this category. We have done this kind of programme in Ibadan, Lagos and we are doing the Ilorin edition today.”
She prayed the children’s disability would not limit them in Jesus name.
The state Coordinator promised to buy a bus for the school as it was discovered to be one of their needs.
She commended the teachers for taken good care of the special children.
In her response, the Principal, School for Special Needs, Kwara state,Alhaja Faosiyat Aroyehun lauded the gesture and described it first of its kind in the history of the School.
She said the state government has intervened in restoring the sight of some of the children, adding that over N5million hearing aid was bought for the school.
She appreciated the state Coordinator who promised to buy a bus for the school which she said would ease transportation.
According to her, “some of our needs include, bus, renovation of primary school, construction of more blocks of hostel for the boys as well as desks and chairs for the students”.
Other needs are teaching and learning equipment for the blind students, textbooks, Communication gadgets, sporting equipment and financial support for the students to further their academic pursuit to tertiary institutions.