Determined to empower the disadvantaged Nigerian children some of who lost their legs or hands or are just limb in one form or the other in the society, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has, Saturday, staged a walk in Abuja to create an awareness on the need to help people with such condition in our society live fuller lives.
The 8-kilometre charity walk tagged “Together4ALimb” which began at the bank’s Abuja head office in Area 11, and took the team through some major streets within the metropolis was designed to help raise public awareness about the plight of children with limb challenges in the society and efforts Stanbic IBTC as an organisation has made so far in furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to better their lot and also draw public help to the plight of these group of people.
Speaking with journalists after the road walk, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Binta Max-Gbinije, said apart from carrying out the campaign as its corporate social responsibilities, Stanbic IBTC has provided prosthetic limbs and education trust funds to carter for the needs of the children facing such challenges. The provisions, she said, formed part of its commitment to see that every Nigerian child is given the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilled life.
The initiative which the bank started four years ago, have seen about 60 children without limbs benefit from the initiative including the bank taking charge of their tuition fees each term.
Mrs. Max-Gbinije also added that the initiative is targeting victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East among other children who have such related cases across the nation
“This is a Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiative that we believe in. One of the pillars of our CSR is health. Under this initiative, we have health, empowerment and education. Under the health pillar, four years ago, we identified the fact that there are disadvantaged Nigerian children some of who lost their legs or hands or are just limb in one form or the other and whose lives have not been as fully and rich as it should be because they just could not move around as they should. So Stanbic IBTC decided to come to offer help to them by identifying particularly children who are the most disadvantaged in this area.
“In our first year, we identified 20 children and we provided prosthetic to aid their movement. It gladdens our hearts to see the joy on the faces of these children after being aided to walk well when they were initially being carried with a helper to now walking on their own. Unfortunately, some of these children are victims of Boko Haram attacks and they have been living in anguish. We identify them from different locations around Nigeria.
“We did it in our first year and we have sustained that since then carrying out our outreach to 20 of these children each year. Apart from that we also have education trust fund for the children. So it is not just about given them mobility to have a fuller life but we also give them hope for the future. Education is the best hope you can give a child and we have been doing that. Stanbic education trust fund has been set up for them and it takes care of their education needs”
“Every quarter when there is school fees payment to be made, we take the obligation to make payment on behalf of these children. So what we are doing today is of two fold, creating awareness about these children and making their lives better physically and also have hope,” she stated.
Since its inception four years ago, ‘Together4 A Limb,’ have been carried out simultaneously in four different major states in the country, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano however, this year was restricted to just three states of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
The financial institution further called on other corporate entities and individual to key into its vision of helping children without limb or having other challenges to live a fuller and happier lives.
“It is not all about acquiring the wealth and erecting mansion, lets us reach out to these children in our own respective capacity,” Binta appealed.
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