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Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions Club empowers visually impaired students

Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions Club empowers visually impaired students

As part of its activities to support and give to less privileged in the society, Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions Club has empowered visually impaired students through its recent donations to the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children.

Speaking during the donations to the school, Scholastica Onyeyiri, President, Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions Club in District 404B2 said the Club were making the donations to touch the lives of the blind and partially sighted children.

According to Onyeyiri, the month of October is the month when Lions Club reaches out to the blind all over the world.

“We are supposed to conduct screening and carry out some surgeries but because of the situation of the country right now, we couldn’t get the crowd we wanted, so we have deferred that one and it will take place next month.

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“Since it is the month of October, we insisted we must still do something. As a result, we are here to reach out to the students of the school. We are giving them braille; their writing instrument and the cane that guide them when they walk, food items and provisions because it is a boarding school,” she explained.

She stressed that this is something Lions Club loves to do and it will continue to do it.

Eucharia Uwakwe, supervisor of the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children expressed her gratitude to the Club for the donations.

“We are very grateful to Lions Club for these gifts. Lions Club is a part of this school and they come from time to time. They have made great contributions to this school. We are grateful for their contributions to the welfare of the school,” Uwakwe said.

She however expressed her disappointments to the government for not supporting what the school is doing to help blind children.

She disclosed that more than 75 percent of the children in this school are Muslims, as the school admits children from different tribes and religions, yet the government has failed to support them.

“We depend on charity and donations to manage this school. We are only praying that God would touch the hearts of our leaders to know that these children need care,” Uwakwe said.

Also speaking at the event, Terese Ihenachor, activity chairperson said the donation to the school is part of the activities of the Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions Club to give back to the society.

“We chose this school to make donations because we discovered the school lacked some basic things, so we decided to support them,” Ihenachor said.