The care of the most vulnerable people in the society is the responsibility of all.
This is why a couple of like-minded individuals have come together to form an NGO, known as Social Welfare Integrated Programme Initiative, SWIPI, to assist in the care and management of vulnerable people in Lagos state
Addressing newsmen in Ikeja ahead of the formal inauguration of the Initiative on Thursday this week, SWIPI Chairman, Dr Kolawole Ajayi said the group is collaborating with the State Ministry of Youths and Social Development to standardize Social Welfare Practice In the society.
According to Dr Ajayi, SWIPI had visited all care homes in Lagos with an emphasis on Orphanages, elderly care home, children with special needs and mentally challenged to identify needs and proffer adequate solutions to them.
“SWIPI has stepped in to fill some of the loop gaps that are prevalent in the care and management of Vulnerable people in our society.
Some of the gaps noticed were mostly in infrastructure, medical, education, nutrition and training needs, as an example we have delivered a training curriculum, using World Class facilitators and the feedback has been improved knowledge and delivery of care by the care givers in the homes” he said
A member of the SWIPI team, Mrs Ijeoma Ejiofor who announced that computers had been provided by the NGO to all the 64 registered homes in the State, said all caregivers had also been trained by the NGO.
She said “At SWIPI, we believe that the quality and the value of any society is the way the least and most vulnerable are treated,we’ve trained every single caregiver in all registered homes in Lagos state and we’ve provided a feedback mechanism, real-time and from the feedback we are getting, the quality of care has improved tremendously”
The SWIPI team announced that that so far, it had expended over 5 million naira to upgrade some of the facilities in the identified homes and called on other philanthropic Nigerians to join them in caring for the most vulnerable persons in the community.