Posted May 24, 2019

On the 11th of may 2019, could be considered as one of the community projects that gave me life.

For the first time in my life, it felt like I traded roles with a mother who has a special needs child. 

The pains, the grunts, the societal neglect, the economical deprivation, the marital disorder, the financial lack, the motivational drainage, the stigma, the mockery that came from their immediate families and close friends, the shame they face when people look at them as the cause of their children's disability, the struggles to put food on the table, the medical bills that pile up, the worse of all the fear of the unknown that her special child will never be the best version of him or herself. .

The list is endless. .

But what gives me joy and hope is knowing that when there is a NEED, SOLUTIONS are possible to devise.

This project is a joint partnership with the Let Cerebral Palsy Kids Learn Foundation and the Initiative for National Growth Africa to enrich the talent development for children living with Cerebral Palsy through creative art skills and small business development training for mothers of special needs children who need financial literacy to keep improving the social and economic wellbeing of their CP child. 

Theme tagged Empowered Mothers, Thriving Children

The parents were privileged to learn from the founder of Mamamoni Nigeria, Nkem Okocha, who runs a Fintech Social Enterprise that is closing the credit gap for low-income female entrepreneurs in rural and urban slum communities in Nigeria through instant Mobile Loans - the mothers learnt the basics of small business bookkeeping, branding, customer service and market research. 

The mothers were also motivated by a visually impaired entrepreneur who lost her sight and decided to push further in providing economic empowerment for her family with artistic solutions.

I also had the opportunity to train them on digital skills  so they leverage on Social media in order to promote their small business and generate sales. 

They had a third sessions on personal finance, budgeting and saving for investment conducted by Echika Obijiakwu. 

As the mothers were undergoing these various training, their special needs children were tutored on creative arts such as drawing, painting and jigsaw mathematics to enrich them with social life skills and experiences needed for their physical and mental wellbeing. .

We had the business pitch session where they pitched their businesses and were awarded small grants to scale their startups.

I am happy that these mothers went back home smiling and are able to use the small grants given to them to improve their businesses or startup something meaningful. 


Presently, they are undergoing mentorship and capacity development with professionals from both organizations to further enable them invest in themselves and their families. 

This is a great pilot phase but I am sure that we will do exceedingly more to put hope were it has been lost and promote the social and economic wellbeing of mothers and their cerebral palsy children.

When a mother is empowered, families are prone not just for economical uplift but for a social change. Follow @ing_spotlight on Instagram and Twitter to get more scoop on this project and more.

Also follow us on INITIATIVE FOR NATIONAL GROWTH AFRICA ON LINKEDIN for more information on this economic empowerment for women and more. 

Please subscribe to our Youtube Channel on Initiative for National Growth to watch exciting videos on how we have aided the economic empowerment for the special needs community. 

Lastly follow us on our Facebook page with name Initiative for National Growth  

This story was submitted in response to Economic Power.

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May 24
May 24

My dear, keep up the good work you are doing for these our vulnerable sisters over there.
Thanks for sharing.

May 25
May 25

My Dear Salifu,
I appreciate your kind words. Gladdens my heart to do even more.

Jill Langhus
May 25
May 25

Hi Racheal,

How are you doing, love?! This is fantastic:-) I love their lovely, smiling faces. What a great program! I'm following and subscribed to you now. Thanks for sharing:-)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

May 25
May 25

My dear Jill,

Thank you so much for your support and encouraging words. You always inspire me and I really do not know how the world will be without wonderful personalities such as you. I appreciate it the subscription on our Youtube channnel.. Yayy. Super happy now.

We shall subscribe back too.
Am all smiles and my weekend has been fab so far.

Jill Langhus
May 26
May 26

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Aw. Thank you, dear. And, you:-)

Great to hear:-) Hope you have a great, rest of Sunday and week ahead, dear!

Hello, Rachyrae,

I love this story so much because I am a mother of a son with special needs. It’s a great idea that while mothers were in training, there are activities for their children, too.
Kudos to you! Thank you for sharing!

May 30
May 30

Wow Karen, I am inspired hearing about you. You are a super mom. For its not easy raising a child living with special needs. It takes the strong hearted and understanding heart. Super proud of you and your child. I am.soo happy knowing that my.story resonates with you.

Thank you, Rachyrae,

There are highs and lows, but I think there are more highs for me. I don’t think I’m a supermom. More of a struggling mom.haha.

I’m proud of you for choosing this path. From all mothers raising children with special needs, THANK YOU!