In Nigeria, many children who live with physical or learning disabilities are often shunned by their family or community; many of them are left isolated, and are discouraged from attending regular school. They end up feeling confused, alone and frustrated.
Open Doors provides such children with a special education tailored to their individual needs, in a warm and encouraging Christian environment. There are currently around 60 children and young people at the centre.
Open Doors also offers opportunities to develop literacy skills for children with reading difficulties, many of whom have been prevented from entering secondary education because of poor performance at primary school.
Physiotherapy classes are provided for children with specific physical challenges. Older children and teenagers, who are more self sufficient and confident, receive vocational training, learning cooking, gardening and craftwork skills.
Mission Africa supports the work of Open Doors by providing resources, part–time staff and GAP student placements.