Kawan Aondofa-Anjira: The Phenomenal Woman Behind SECHILD

Mrs Kawan Aondofa Anjira

March 8 every year is marked as the International Women’s Day globally. It is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

We at The Metro Lawyer will, from the start of this month (today) celebrate eight phenomenal women who have achieved great strides in their chosen fields of endeavour, which may not necessarily be law.

In this first series, we introduce to you Mrs Kawan Andofa-Anjira, the founder of Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs.

Mrs Kawan Aondofa Anjira

WHAT IS SECHILD?

Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs (SECHILD) is a non-governmental,not-for-profit organization founded with a clear mandate to braze a trail in the area of care,love,professional support and education to children with special needs. It is in loving memory of Sedoo Aondofa-Anjira who was born to the family of Kawan Tina and Aondofa Abraham Anjira on the 22nd of August 2005 with development challenges and died on the 20th of June 2007.

SECHILD Initiative is named after Sedoo Anjira, who was born with cerebral palsy

MEET THE FOUNDER

Kawan Aondofa-Anjira  has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Benue State University, Makurdi-Benue State. She is a Banker by profession and a Care Giver by calling. She started supporting and caring for the needy during her youth corps days; this earned her several awards and commendations like the NYSC (FCT) Honours award, the Abuja Children’s Home, Federal Capital Territory and the Federal Ministry of Information commendations.

She developed a life time ambition of starting a home for the less privileged during her youth service days while carrying out community development service (CDS) at the Abuja Children’s Home Karu as a volunteer Nanny. Her experience in searching for support, information and care for nursing her TWO children Sedoo and Aondofa, born with cerebral palsy finally conceived the idea of the Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs.

Kawan and Aondofa Jnr, who was also born with cerebral palsy

She has committed her life in working to improve the lives of children who amongst many difficulties require attention, love and care. She has developed strength and resilience beyond many others; she empathises with mothers of families in similar situation, pains, frustrations and hopelessness and believes that mothers of children with special needs can all get better with a little support from people around. Married to Mr. Aondofa Abraham Anjira, they are blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. Two of these children were born with brain abnormalities.

Kawan and Aondofa Anjira

She believes that every child is a gift from God, loved by Him and cherished by their families; all children therefore should have the opportunity to know and experience love and caring of the family and community. She targets at working with parents who share a common interest in developing support and recourses for those children who are partially disabled by a physical, development or other condition.

Through the Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs (SECHILD) she is providing support, information and to preaching the message that every child is specially created, every child has a purpose for his or her existence and that every life is created beautifully and uniquely.

Some children from the centre with caregivers and family
A child at the centre with a relative

In a society where raising kids with special needs portends unique challenges and require requisite skills, SECHILD represents succor for parents- a place for professional help and information resource center on therapy, medication and hospitalization for affected children.

Funding & Donation
The centre solely relies on public spirited individuals and corporate bodies for its activities. It is funded through agencies, private foundation grants, endowments and private donations.

Your donation is the wherewithal SECHILD is built upon. Every therapy given there requires money to pay for it and every naira raised provides an hour of ‘SECHILD Care’. It might be the hour a child learns to take his/her first step in life, that hour a child learns to sit independently for the first time in life or it might be the hour a child learns to dress or feed him/herself.

Thanks to donors like you, SECHILD stays true to her sincere commitment – never to turn their backs on a child who needs their services just because their family cannot pay for it.

For donations to SECHILD in cash or the provision of essential equipment for the center, you can visit any of the following banks.

Please make cheques payable to:

THE SEDOO INITIATIVE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Account Numbers: 0028497548-NGN or 0028491555-USD
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Abuja, Nigeria.

OR

THE SEDOO INITIATIVE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
NGN Account Number: 1013520015
Zenith Bank Plc, Abuja, Nigeria.

For more information please call any of the following numbers 07037734576, 08067345457

TML wishes Mrs Kawan Aondofa-Anjira more grace in this special endeavour that she has dedicated herself to.