Visually Impaired Yet Digitally Equipped

Rachyrae
Posted October 2, 2019

A lot of times people approach me with the sole purpose of giving me several reasons why I do not fit into the Nigeria system with the impact I make towards others. . "Why not go to the United States or Europe to do what you do, you will be more appreciated over there than in Nigeria. There is nothing happening in naija." In my heart, I laugh. I laugh because they are ignorant of the fact that if everyone keeps running to North America or Europe to create social impact or even add to their GDP as a worker while forgeting the land that gave you a meaning and existence with the help of God then it makes them less brave and even susceptible to ridicule. 

The truth is that I am so passionate and totally in love with what I do as a social development professional that raises the par for underrepresented groups such as persons living with special needs, women who have been deprived opportunity to lead in tech & business and children with no access to the education and vocational support that should make them compete in the job market locally and internationally. 

I am positive that as we celebrated our country's 59th Independence yesterday, many of us took the time to reflect on the immense possibilities we can bring as a nation. If we all had the good intention of building this nation with the little we have, We wont have to run away (or escape). Instead nations will run to us for a global economical opportunity. .

I am so glad I and my team fostered the ICT project for students of the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind in Lagos state for two straight weeks.  

The empowerment program was conducted in two sessions and it saw that the visually-impaired persons were trained on Microsoft properties, Google products, and Internet Governance to promote policies on technology rights for the visually-impaired.

The young adults of the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind,Oshodi in Lagos State were proffered 21st century digital technology skills which not only enhanced their digital literacy, but also provided empowerment tools to develop their social relationship skills among their peers which exposes them to employability opportunities now in the nearest future. 

Also, the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency staffs educated the blind young adults on the vulnerability of people living with blindness to HIV. They not only stressed that tackling HIV among people with disabilities needs a rights-based approach, which tackles barriers holistically so that wider issues such as gender-inequality and violence are addressed. They also keynoted that People with disabilities are often overlooked in HIV sexual and reproductive health and rights programming and face increased barriers to accessing services. 

Apparently, it's time to introduce them into the world of technology as an entrepreneur or as an employee in the world of tech. 

The truth is no one was born useless or incapacitated, we were born with the ability to inspire, empower and re-empower. That is why we are so proud that in a year from now, with the digital training proffered to these blind young adults, there will be more participation in technology and leadership roles so they can be integrated to technical internships and technology entrepreneurial works. Not to forget, promotion of policy making on Technology Rights to Inclusion (Visually-impaired) In Africa. 

Read Newspaper Article to gain more insight into this story.

Do you wish to part of 2020's project with the special needs community as a partner or with the sole aim of investing toward the human capital development of the special needs community, kindly inbox me. 

Together we can do exploits!

Vision Impaired,  Digitally Equipped!

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Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi Racheal,

How are you doing, love? As I read your first paragraph, I was having the same thought... no, you can't run. Your work is desperately needed where you are! I'm so glad you feel the same way! Please keep doing your important! I'm sure your work, empowerment and love is so appreciated by all you impact, dear! I appreciate you and your work, too!

I hope you're doing well and having a great day, and week!

XX

Rachyrae
Oct 02
Oct 02

Wow Jill, you are like a plug. You just plug me and I keep getting motivated to do more. I am super happy I have a sister as wonderful as you. We aren't going anywhere, we have a lot to do in this space. The gaps are huge and the needs to be met are inexplicable. Thank you so much sis. Love and hugs.

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thank you, dear:-)

Aw. I'm fortunate to have a sister like you, too!

Great to hear! I bet:-)

You're very welcome:-)

XX

Lisbeth
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi dear,
It's great work that you are doing never listen to anybody. I really observerd you had a strong passion for Pwds. It's your calling and don't be distracted.
I pray for God blessings on you and your project. Have a great day.
Regards

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you so much for this Lisbeth. I am so honoured and grateful. Hearing these soothing words. Makes us do even more.

Lisbeth
Oct 03
Oct 03

You are welcome :-)

Tarke Edith
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Racheal
Thanks for sharing your great job of charity over there in Nigeria.
Sis l will agree with you that we should start thinking of how to develop our home land than to go out there for greener pastures.
Thank you imencely
Have a great day dear sister.

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

I love and welcome your spirit Edith. The truth is no one can fix our nations the way we can. The truth is that we understand our country and we know what to give. So I am so excited to even transfer this perception to the generation of young leaders coming ahead of us.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi Rachel
Good work, Do good , be good and see good

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you Anita. I appreciate you.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 03
Oct 03

Welldonedear

maeann
Oct 03
Oct 03

Dear Rachyrae,
I agree when you said and I quote: we were born with the ability to inspire, empower and re-empower. Thank you for believing in yourself with that. It is also good to promote a policy on Technology Rights to Inclusion for visually-impaired in your country. Looking forward to hearing more of the progress and impact of these initiatives.

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you Meann. I am glad this inspired you greatly. Totally happy of this. I hope to share more insights on our positive outcomes with the vision impaired community.

maeann
Oct 03
Oct 03

looking forward to it :)

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Very soon Sis..thank you for believing in me.

Hello, Racheal,

What a courageous woman you are! I love this so much, " I laugh because they are ignorant of the fact that if everyone keeps running to North America or Europe to create social impact or even add to their GDP as a worker while forgetting the land that gave you a meaning and existence with the help of God then it makes them less brave and even susceptible to ridicule." POWERFUL message right there. :)

I just want to hug you right now. May your tribe increase! We need more women who think like you do.

I think you are real-life superwoman/wonderwoman. I'm biased because you're working with the special needs community, and I have a son with special needs.haha. But really, you chose the path less traveled, and that makes you a real treasure in this world. So please mentor more girls to follow what you are doing. :)

I hope you have more partners for 2020! Thanks for sharing. :)

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Awww. Thank you so much Karen. Wow. I am awed not because of what you wrote to me but because you valued how important my message will be to younger girls who believe that escaping Nigeria is the only means.. I am so inspired by your kind words. They make me do more. I didnt forget that you told me you had a son living with special needs so I totally relate. I do hope we can share our testimonies some day of how our special needs families and communities made a meaning out of their lives due to the impact we proffered to them. You are valuable sis. Love and hugs!

You’re welcome, dear sister. :)
Your words resonate with me because my a lot of my relatives and friends are leaving our country, too. So reading your words brought impact to me. Nobody understands our culture the way we do so it’s best to help our people than flee from them. :)

I’m glad you’re inspired to do more. :) Anytime you need a friend or an encouragement, just send me a message, sis.

Thanks for remembering my son. Yes, hopefully we can one day. :)

You are valuable, too! Thanks for taking time to encourage our sisters despite your hectic schedule. You are appreciated!

ANJ ANA
Oct 03
Oct 03

Dear Rachyrae,
Thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for being so humble and compassionate. So happy to see the happy faces in the picture (are there also women/girl in the that programme? )
Indeed it a great effort/contribution for the community those need special considerations. I hope that your project will be successful and will benefit the community. Best wishes from us.
Keep your good work please.
love and regards,
anjana

Rachyrae
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you so much ANJ, unfortunately it was just one girl who was in this foundation to learn. As a community project professional for the special needs group, when it comes to empowering PWDs, there is absolutely no gender disparity. The reason is already they have functional limitations and constraints in their sect and then talking about bringing in gender equality when they have not yet had enough equality to access education or decent works?

So we try as much to create an holistic system for inclusion when it comes to PWDS. Every one of them is important and has the right to contribute positively to the growth of their community when they have been empowered and are granted platforms to invest in themselves.

I hope this answers your question.

Thank you for this.

ANJ ANA
Oct 03
Oct 03

Dear Rachyrae,
Thank you so much for your response. Yes, indeed there should not be any gender disparity and you are absolutely right that the holistic system for inclusion should be there. but in most cases of the PWD especially girls and women need more attention as they are more vulnerable than men. In my country, i have seen lots of women/girls are not being able to access the available resources and they are more prone to the various kind of exploitation, so that was my little query only.
I feel so relieved and good to know that there is no discrimination to empower the PWD on the basis of gender, so i hope girls/women are not deprived.
Thank you again and best regards,
anjana

Rachyrae
Oct 04
Oct 04

Thank you dear sis. Usually we ensure our women are also empowered. One of the last article I dropped here was on Mothers who have Cerebral Palsy children. If you check my previous posts, you will see it. We not only equipped the women on financial literacy skills but also proffered them with digital skills to help them start up ventures that will support their CP children medically, socially and education wise. Lastly, we gave them small grants to start up businesses.

For us, like I had mentioned, we understand that women and girls with disabilities are more susceptible to harm and so we try as much to provide them equal treatment that their male counterparts who are disabled receive. We do not segregate. We have an holistic framework. Who knows, maybe in 2020, you will be partnering with my organization to empower women living with intellectual disabilities.

I cant wait for that to come true dear.

Thanks so much for your encouragement.

ANJ ANA
Oct 09
Oct 09

Dear Rachael,
Thank you so much for your reply. It's so good to know more about your initiation. I will definitely read your past post
and sure, i would also love to work and learn from your experiences in the future.
Love and regards,
anjana

Kadi_lokule
Oct 04
Oct 04

You're indeed a selfless soul. contnue the good work. All the best dear.

Rachyrae
Oct 04
Oct 04

Aww, thank you so much Kadi for this uplift. God bless you.