Family-Centered Initiative for Challenged Persons
226 Murtala Mohammed way (M.M Way), Imaro House
P.O. Box 22
Family-Centered Initiative for Challenged Persons (FACICP) is a non-profit, non-governmental, civil rights advocacy group based in Benin, Nigeria and engaged in the promotion of issues of women and children with disabilities, nationally and internationally, through advocacy, research, reporting, counseling and documentation.
FACICP's main mission is to promote the total human development of women, children, as well as youth with disabilities using a community-based family-centered approach in order for them to reach and sustain their optimum level of independence and functioning.
In order to do this, FACICP seeks to empower women, children, youth with disabilities and their families, grassroots communities and the civil society through functional education, raising awareness on their human rights and promoting social changes that are sustainable.
Its goals are the following:
-Build a network of families of women and children with disabilities.
-Encourage education research, self-development initiatives and create positive change in the society as regards disability issues.
-Emphasize the specific needs of women with disabilities in order to promote gender mainstreaming, development, and social relations.
-Develop appropriate information, education, communication, and counseling materials on disability issues for both service provider and project beneficiaries.
-Raise civil society awareness, especially families of children with disabilities on the childrens rights, and rights of persons with disabilities in general.
-Build capacity of groups especially women with disabilities for social-economic development.
-Contribute positively to the advancement of disability issues in Nigeria and abroad.
FACICP is currently lobbying the state labor movement to actively support disabled job applicants, and also campaigning for anti-discrimination legislation. It is also emphasizing a community-based rehabilitation program with disabled people and members of their families taking the lead in management, provision of services and decision-making. In order to cater for the special needs of girls and women who have been abused, FACICP established a center for abused women. This center provides a range of services to women and girls with disabilities who have been sexually and emotionally abused and their families.