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Beth Torrey Home for Mentally Challenged and Handicapped Children
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Beth Torrey is a Home for Mentally Challenged and Handicapped Children located in Lagos. Contact us:
https://www.bethtorreyhome.org/history.php

Our History
Ms Beth Torrey, the founder of Beth Torrey
Home, is a citizen of the United States of
America. She had two Masters Degrees in
Education and Sociology from the
Universities of Colombia and Yale in the
United State of America respectively. She
was a Psychiatric and Social worker who
devoted the major part of her life to the
care, rehabilitation and education of
mentally challenged and disabled children
first in Angola and later in Nigeria.
She came to Nigeria in 1961 and spent the
last sixteen years of her life labouring to
establish homes for mentally handicapped
children.
The land marks of her work include the
following;
In 1961, she helped the Women Voluntary
Society to establish Child Treatment and
Placement Home/School formally in Surulere
but now in Akoka.
In 1965, she founded the Beth Torrey Home
which was initially called Child Treatment
and Placement Home/school at Babatunde
street, Surulere, Lagos for mentally
challenged children. The Home moved to
Kirikiri road and presently, it is located at
Imam College Road, Alakoso, Amuwo Odofin
(opposite Imam College).
She founded the Gida Yara Home for
retarded children in Kaduna in 1968. The
home was first established in a temporary
quarters and subsequently moved to a
permanent site with the help of the Emir of
Zaria and his Council, and the Kaduna state
Ministry of education, charitable institutions
and other donors.
In February 1976, she established the Kano
home for handicapped children with the aid
of the Kano state government and other
donors.
In Enugu through her spirited efforts two
hectares of land was donated by Anambra
State government for the mentally
challenged children. Albeit, the Home is yet
to be built. On the 26th of November 1977,
Miss Torrey died at the age of 74years after
16years of selfless service to the Community
of the challenged in Nigeria.
Beth, by her demise, left a gigantic
programme to be executed. Our tribute to
Beth Torrey can only be lasting if we keep
her legacy alive. This is the only tribute we
can pay to Beth for her work in bringing
succor to mentally challenged children.
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