The Samaritans Foundation believes that every human should be treated equally. Disability should not be a barrier to achievement and fulfilment. That’s why we provide practical help and emotional support to Nigerians struggling with disabilities. We’re fighting to change attitudes towards people with disabilities. It’s our mission to destroy the stereotypes that hold people back from fulfilling their potential. Regardless of your disability, you should be free to work, socialise, raise a family, and enjoy an independent life.
Disability is strongly connected to poverty. Parents with disabilities often face multiple barriers to work, and additional costs arise for families caring for a disabled child. About 80 per cent of children in families where someone is disabled are in poverty, compared to 20 per cent of children in families where no one is disabled. People from rural and minorities are also more likely to live in poverty. Almost all the children living in minority ethnic families are in poverty, and the high costs of living healthy for these families are very difficult because of their low income.