Polio surely chose the wrong victim several years ago when it struck the little Akin Tofowomo. The then polio stricken little boy has grown to become a walking man on a mission to eradicate limb deformity in Nigeria, through Shuga Limb Foundation (SLF), a non profit foundation doggedly committed to individuals with limb defects, founded by Shuga Band, the classy and topmost music band in Nigeria.
Despite its constant growing list of beneficiaries, Shuga Limb Foundation is yet to tire; rather, the foundation is been repositioned to serve people with limb challenges better. A new website www.shugafoundation.org has been designed to make the foundation more visible and to make it better and easier for people to access its services. The foundation has also increased the number of its staff so as to increase its capacity for service.
Founded in 2009, the core objectives of the foundation is to provide assistance to less privileged persons with limb defect, whose deformities can be orthopedically managed with the use of callipers and prosthesis. Beyond donating callipers and prosthesis to such persons, Shuga Limb Foundation goes further to rehabilitate and empower beneficiaries through counselling and training.
President of the of Shuga Limb Foundation, Akin Tofowomo speaking on the new developments said, ‘having once been unable to walk, I can easily relate with the pain of those in that state, more so, the joy that leaps from the eyes of the Shuga Limb Foundation beneficiaries, is highly satisfying. These reasons put together constantly motivate us to want to do more’.
Shuga Limb Foundation at the moment is been funded by a percentage of Shuga Band’s income, which obviously may not cater for all the foundation’s needs, but Akin Tofowomo said, ‘getting people to support the foundation will be great, it will help us reach out to more people and give more limb to the limbless, we are open to it.’