By Manasseh Tashi
The Beautiful Gate Handicap People Center, a Jos-based NGO has donated over a hundred wheel chairs to physically challenged people in Kokona and Akwanga Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.
The donation in the two local government areas took place recently, to be precise, on March 30th and 31st, 2022.
The Programme and Media Director of the Beautiful Gate Handicap People Center, Sandra Nanbam, disclosed that the reason for the donation is to help solve the mobility problem of people living with disabilities in the area and to help the young people living with disabilities who dropped out of school as a result of their challenge to return to school and continue with life.
The Beautiful Gate Handicap People Center Jos has been in existence for 24 years. The center is a faith-based non-governmental organization with the goal of helping people with disabilities live meaningful lives.
Presenting the wheel chairs to the beneficiaries Sandra Nanbam stated that the idea of starting the NGO was birthed from the Holy Bible in Acts 3:1-11, where Peter healed the crippled man at the Beautiful Gate.
“So this is a form of our miracle to them. Silver and gold we do not have, but we have a support to solve their mobility problems through the provision of wheel chairs.
“We reach out to people with special needs. The idea of setting up beautiful gate was to meet the needs of polio survivors, but along the line, we discovered that we have other people that need wheel chairs, like accident victims, the aged, and people with cerebral palsy.
“We also extended our services to people with visual impairment and hearing impairment,” Sandra added.
In his remark, the Chairman of the Joint National Association of People Living with Disability, Akwanga Local Government Chapter, Mr. Bulus Doji, expressed his joy at seeing how people living with disability are being helped by the NGO.
Mr. Doji also stated that the intervention is very timely because of the high cost of transportation. He added that this will go a long way toward assisting the beneficiaries in resolving their mobility issues at this critical juncture.
“My joy is complete; previously, you would see physically challenged people dragging their bodies on the ground, but today everyone is happy and mobile.
“I encouraged people living with disabilities to be optimistic about life and to strive hard to succeed like any normal person” Doji added.
Speaking with some of the beneficiaries Muhammed Obagyo from Agwade stated that he is very happy and excited to receive mobility support from the NGO and added that the NGO should continue with its good works.
Ovey Patrick another beneficiary, stated that he is overwhelmed with joy and stated that this is one of the best things that has happened to him in life.
“I feel very happy, I feel like I am in the kingdom of God already. This wheel chair will help me, especially with my mobility as the cost of transportation is high.” He added.
The joy of 7 year old Patience Abashi, a primary one pupil, was complete as she demonstrated happiness as she received the wheel chair from the NGO.
“I am grateful to Beautiful Gate for the gift. Since I had an accident, I could not work again, but with this wheel chair, it will help me start school again. Thank you Beautiful Gate, I am very happy.” Patience added.
11-year-old Godwin Esla, a junior secondary school student, also disclosed his happiness to be counted as a beneficiary of this program.