Drugs worth 2.5 million naira were distributed. During the free medication program, Six (6) Children and an adult were identified with serious problems that called for immediate surgery. CYDI in collaboration with the Greece Heart Doctors, assisted by footing the bills of the surgeries.
CYDI built a 22 room shelter for the mentally challenge people of Zongoro with the support of Greece Doctors. Zongoro village is 20 kilometers from Bauchi, in Ganjuwa local government. This village is a camp where people from all over the state and even beyond do come for traditional cure for mentally/psychiatry patients.
Challenge Your Disability Initiative (CYDI) runs a basic primary education programme which is aimed at giving children with disabilities aged 7 - 10 years, a formal education so as to prepare them for a worthy life. We are also working to establish a secondary school at the permanent site to provide opportunities for our pupil to extend their educational quest with vocational flavor that will enable them acquire the necessary skills that will give them practical advantage in the future.
The education of people living with disability under CYDI is done in an inclusive manner within the formal school system, instead of the present practice of excluding them from the normal children school set - up. Equal opportunity in education is given to the disabled youth alongside that of the normal children within the chosen institutions. Also, specialized attention is accorded to each according to his/her needs. The peculiarity of disabled children with single or multiple disabilities is recognized and their immediate needs are met through:
Challenge Your DisabiIity Initiative (CYDI) organizes advocacy campaign in order to sensitize the stakeholders of the state like the Traditional rulers, Religious leaders, Parents, Principals of Schools, Community leaders, Youth and Women leaders to solicit for their support and blessing for successful implementation of the programme in the state.
Advocacy visits were made to certain embassies and International Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s).
The difference between hope and hopelessness is often a thin line. The less privileged are sentenced to a life of social drudgery and economic indigence not because they are unwilling to fend for themselves but frequently because of lack of opportunities.
CYDI combats this economic victimization of the less privileged by providing them with enabling platforms. Over three hundred (300) youths and women were empowered by the organization with skill acquisition equipments and financial support.