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Disabled school girl, Fatima, gets relief materials, Sallah package

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By Mohammed Dahiru

A 12-yr-old physically challenged orphan in Danshayi Village of Rimin Gado Local Government Area of Kano State, Fatima Yushau, has received relief materials and other Sallah items drawn from her relief fund domiciled with the Penlight Center.

The coordinator of Arewa Agenda for Sustainable Development in Kano State, Musa Sani Aliyu, who delivered the items on behalf of the Convener/Managing Editor, Arewa Agenda and Penlight’s Project Manager, Mohammed Dahiru, disclosed that the items were delivered to Fatima during the Ramadan period in order to support her family.

Some of the items donated include 25kg bag of rice, 6kg jerry can of cooking oil, sugar, milk and beverages.

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Other items donated are four yards of wax materials, earrings and veil for her Sallah outing.

Furthermore, the center also purchased additional reading and writing materials such as textbooks, exercise books and two sets of additional uniforms, while offsetting her Islamic school fee for three years.

On his part, the adviser and technical lead Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation (AAG Foundation) Musa Abdullahi Sufi who accompanied the Arewa Agenda team on the visit, donated cash to Fatima and her relatives.

He expressed delight that Fatima as a young disabled girl, did not allow her disability deter her from pursuing education.

In December 2020, Arewa Agenda, an online news and media advocacy platform for young Nigerians exclusively reported how then 11-yr-old class two pupil Fatima, owing to her passion for school, defied harsh weather conditions and crawls under the scorching sun to attend classes.

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Following that report, the United Nations Education Fund (UNICEF), Penlight Centre, various individuals and groups intervened.

These interventions include cash donations, books, bags, clothing and eight wheelchairs, which were guaranteed to take care of her immediate needs and sponsor her education up to university level.

A special fundraiser to support Fatima’s life pursuit was raised by the Penlight Centre, led by the Editor in Chief of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar in collaboration with the Arewa Agenda for sustainable development team.

Mr Jaafar had disclosed that the funds raised would be utilised for the benefit of the girl’s education and welfare up to university level.

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