Harnessing Opportunities Promoting Equality (HOPE) Projects

We promote disability inclusion that seeks to challenge and change societal stereotypes and structures affecting our beneficiaries, especially those with disabilities through our Harnessing Opportunities Promoting Equality (HOPE) Advocacy Projects.


We observe the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) on 3rd December.
The focus is to celebrate persons with disabilities who through their talents and skills are maximizing their opportunities and inspiring others to do so. We support them with equipment and hold workshops on digital and soft skills that enable them to scale or start their businesses.
So far, we have empowered 45 small business owners with disabilities with various types of equipment to scale their buisnesses.


Students with disabilities especially those from underserved/disadvantaged families like their peers without disabilities want a higher education, so that they can have a better quality of life.
 However, most of them cannot afford basic writing materials, this is even more daunting for blind students who must use assistive devices like Braille Slates, Typewriters, Laptops, Tape recorders, Wireless Bluetooth keyboard to participate in class effectively.
We support students with disabilities by providing them with educational and assistive devices to enable them focus on their education.

We are only as strong as our weakest link.

-Prof Pat Utomi

 In Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation, we believe that conversations about disability must start with Empathy, because there is a thin line between ability and disability. Empathy means that you see every individual first as a human being, who is entitled to all the rights you have as a person, has equal and/or equitable access to every resource that will enable them to fulfill their potentials and dreams; be treated with dignity and respect just like you.

We create Empathy for persons with disabilities by;

  1. Promoting the rights of all our beneficiaries:
    We create awareness about disability rights issues in society through experiential social advocacy campaigns such as; #SeeMeNotMyDisability,#BreakfastInTheDark, #DinnerInTheDark, our publication on the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities(Prohibition) Act 2018 and our online awareness campaign; #EmpathySaturday.Also, we teach Sign Language in our disability-inclusive centre and observe the UN International dates aimed at promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.