How you can help.
People with spinal cord injury in Nigeria can use your help in a variety of ways. Due to negative societal stigma, the lack of accommodation, and little accessible transportation for wheelchair users, there are few jobs available. Since no assistance is provided, most people with spinal cord injury depend upon the generosity of their family and friends to survive. All donations will be processed through the Massachusetts 501c(3) nonprofit NOT-ME! Inc (FID# 20-5305400).
The typical person with spinal cord injury in Nigeria barely survives since is almost impossible to be hired for a job. There are no government disability payments or programs available either.
- Urinary supplies
- Disposable pads/gloves
- Adult diapers
- Seat Cushions
- Pain relief
- Bowel management
- Spasm management
- Bladder medications
- Pots & Pans
- Accessible housing
- Accessible transportation
- From pressure sores
- From infections
- From acute injuries
- From chronic diseases
In Nigeria, most goods such as medical equipment such as wheelchairs are purchased at markets. Medical supplies are purchased from pharmacies and due to lack of cost from $150-$200 per month at prices that many times exceed the cost in the United States due to lack of availability and competitive pricing.
Donate the Value an Item to be Locally Delivered.
- Purchase and deliver a mattress $380
A decent quality mattress is very important since it help prevents pressure sores which are so common in Nigeria. It should be strong enough to not sag over time.
- Purchase and deliver a wheelchair $280
These wheelchairs are purchased in Nigeria at various markets. It is very expensive to ship wheelchairs to Nigeria. Therefore, it makes sense to buy them there.
- Cushion with a Leather Cover $80
Foam cushions can be purchased at various markets, but they require a custom sown leather cover for protection.
- Food and basic necessities $250
Proper nutrition is essential for health and healing.
- Proper sheets and bedding $90
Comfortable and washable bedding is essential for sanitation and health. Many people with SCI are lacking this basic need.
- Fan with Rechargeable Battery $100
People with SCI have problems sweating. Proper ventilation reduces moisture and helps to prevent pressure sores. A battery is needed due to constant power outages.