MAURICE OKAFOR reports that the members of ‘Inner Wheel Club’ which is internationally recognized for the special role they are playing on the improvement of women, children and the disadvantaged in the society, through several life changing projects, have extolled the Founder/President of ‘Bina Foundation’ a Non-governmental organization, based at ‘Thinkers Corner’, Enugu, for providing educational services and vocational training for people with special needs, at a free cost.
The Inner Wheel Club, led by it’s International President, Lady Oluyemisi Alatise, poured encomiums on Sir Chris Atuegwu and his wife, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, who are the founders/facilitators of Bina Foundation, when the executives of the club visited Enugu recently , to make arrangements for hosting their 2017 international conference in Enugu.
Lady Alatise, who took time out to visit Bina Foundation, said she was amazed with the facilities and equipment put on ground at Bina Foundation, just for mentoring of the physically challenged ,stating in the Fifty years of operation of ‘Inner Wheel club’ in Africa, what she observed at Bina Foundation, surpassed all the efforts of the club.
She stressed that the club will set up a committee to collect every data on Bina Foundation and the facilitators/founders, Sir Chris Atuegwu and lady Atuegwu, to prepare them for an international award of the club.
The Inner wheel club members also took time out to inspect every department of Bina foundation and how the physically challenged are being assisted to learn one trade or another, so as to be able to fend themselves after the training/educational programme at Bina Foundation.
Lady Alatise said she was amazed on how the visually impaired/blind students were busy operating the computer and the braille.
The Founder of Bina Foundation, Lady Atuegwu said they were motivated into assisting the physically challenged so as to give them sense of belonging in a society that tries to forget them. She said most of the assistant are being provided by her husband, Sir Chris Atuegwu, who is the chief executive of Michelle laboratories, a drug manufacturing firm, based in Enugu.
‘From inception of the foundation in 2010, the lives of thousands of people with disability and diverse challenges have been positively touched through our free medical and charitable outreaches. We have successfully trained and empowered more than one thousand special needs persons in this center’.
In his own comments, Sir Chris Atuegwu said amidst the prevailing economic hard times in the country, the family is continuing with the services of touching lives of people with physical challenges through ‘Bina Foundation’ as their own way of helping humanity, not that are among the class of richest Nigerians.