A 14 year-old founder of Becky’s Foundation, an NGO, Miss Rebecca Adimula has declared her strong passion to assist the educational needs of physically challenged pupils in the society.
Adimula made this known on Friday in Ilorin during the presentation of her foundation’s scholarship award to two physically challenged pupils.
The recipients of the scholarship award were two brothers, Sodiq and Qudus Alabi, primary school pupils who are visually impaired.
Another recipient of the scholarship is Bosede Adenigba, a nine year old orphan of ECWA Demonstration School, Oko Irese.
ROYAL NEWS reports that Rebecca, a student of Thomas Adewumi College in Oko, Kwara state was also physically challenged.
Rebecca said that making people happy and putting smiles on the less privileged gave her joy and added that “there is ability in disability”.
She said she was a member of Kwara state Children’s Parliament and clerk of the House representing physically challenged children in the parliament.
Rebecca declared that she was playing part of the role through Becky’s foundation scholarship scheme to the three beneficiaries.
“Sodiq is a primary one pupil of Kwara state School for Special Needs, though no school fees is paid in this government school, the boarding requirements are enormous and may sap the purse of indigent parents.
“This is where Becky’s foundation comes in to provide educational and boarding items to the beneficiary as long as the foundation can, we pray to have resources to do this till his tertiary education.
“Qudus is a Nursery one pupil of Shola Exclusive primary in Ilorin, he is partially visually impaired.
“The foundation will take over his school fees and provision of educational materials to ensure sound education for him,” Rebecca said.
Rebecca said that she was particularly happy to give Bosede, who lived with her aged grandmother the scholarship because she was an orphan.
“That award was actually very dear to my heart because it serves as my own contribution to community service where my school is located.
“I believe it is important to affect at least a life positively in that community.
“I therefore call on well meaning Nigerians who can afford enough to support the good work of government by assisting physically challenged children in whatever capacity they can”, she pleaded.
Rebecca expressed appreciation to God for giving her the opportunity to help others, especially the less privileged.
She appreciated the assistance of the wife of the Kwara state governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed and Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb.
Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb the Matron of the foundation described Rebecca as a pride to all mothers, not just her family.
“We are happy that her life will encourage more girls, not only the disabled but even those who are able to add value to the society.
“Individuals should strive to emulate what Rebecca has done, we should see to the right of challenged people”, she said.
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