A NON-PROFITABLE foundation, Toni and Tosin Foundation, has donated books and food items to hearing-impaired children.
The deaf community in Nigeria ended the year on a high note as the foundation celebrated the yuletide with over 600 deaf and hearing-impaired children across the country.
The foundation distributed gifts, school supplies as well as food and drinks to students and pupils in three schools for the deaf.
The celebrations took place in Christian Mission School for the Deaf, Ibadan, Ajofa Special Education Foundation for the Deaf, Mowe, and the Kwara State School for Special Needs, Ilorin.
The Toni and Tosin Foundation, a charitable organisation based in the UK, was set up to bring hope to the deaf community in Nigeria and to positively transform the lives of deaf children.
The foundation was set up by Oyin Kalejaiye, a mother of three boys, including identical twin boys who were born profoundly deaf.
The challenges she faced, as well as the experience raising her twin boys, Toni and Tosin, inspired her to start the foundation.
Kalejaiye said: “The mission is to support and empower the Deaf and Hearing Impaired in Nigeria, while their vision is to remove barriers, create opportunities and help the Deaf and Hearing Impaired in the Nigerian society to succeed and thrive. As a foundation, the goal is to provide funds and resources for education, specialist provisions, and inclusion within mainstream provisions – to ensure excellent holistic education for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired child.”
Kalejaiye also said the charitable organisation is set out to make a positive difference with a commitment to ensuring that every single deaf person they support succeeds and thrives.