It is estimated that at least 200 million children are born with a disability or become disable before the age of 19 with over 70% in developing countries*. Without access to adaptation assistive tools, 90% of the children in the developing world like Nigeria may never have access to education, employment, marriage or even live a self-supportive lifestyle.
The IREDE Foundation is a non governmental organization focused on lending a hand of Love, Joy and Hope to children living with limb loss knowing there are no limits to their potential.
The IREDE Foundation was founded in 2012 by Crystal Chigbu , Mother of IREDE Beulah Chigbu, born with a missing tibia and patella of her right leg. Crystal and her husband, Zubby were told that the only option for Beulah for a functionally mobile life was amputation and prosthesis. It took over 2 years for Crystal and Zubby to accept the reality, have the surgery and give Beulah prosthesic leg.
The experience inspired the birthing of The IREDE Foundation. In the 2years of existence The IREDE Foundation has provided 16 limbs for children across Nigeria. Raising awareness of amputation in the developing world with over 2000 people reached across Nigeria.
The Foundations also organizes an annual Awareness walk tagged “OUT ON A LIMB “. This initiative in the just concluded 2nd edition, April 2014 had over 700 people in attendance.
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Empowering child amputees to live their life to the fullest; via mentoring / coaching sessions and the provision of prosthetic limbs to indigent children between the ages of 1 -18 years.
Educating care-givers and the society on limb loss and how to relate and care for children with such challenges. We also launch campaigns, aimed at sensitizing the public on orthopaedic related ailments with a view to prevent amputation.
Encouraging children and affected families to forge ahead despite the challenges of limb loss via the establishment of Support groups.
To provide encouragement and empowerment to children living with congenital and acquired limb loss so they can confidently live a self-sufficient and fulfilled life; free of limitations and societal stigmatization.