160 Wheelchairs for Disabled Kids
Mobility Sierra Leone Scores another Success
An Australian humanitarian organization, Wheelchair for Kids, has donated 160 wheelchairs to disabled children in Sierra Leone.
The wheelchairs were constructed by volunteers in Western Australia in a workshop constructed by Rotary and the Christian Brothers.
The 160 wheelchairs were donated through the effort of a Bo-based Non-Governmental Organization, Mobility Sierra Leone in Partnership with the Leonard Cheshire Disability, LCD, the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD), the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and other partners.
The wheelchairs were handed over and distributed to the disabled kids on Saturday, 19th September this year, during an impressive ceremony at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home in Bo.
Delivering his welcome address, the Program Manager, Mobility Sierra Leone, Lamin Mansaray, extended tremendous gratitude to Wheelchair for Kids for what he described as a timely donation that will go a long way in empowering disabled children. He thanked the Social Welfare Ministry, the NCPD, the LCD and other partners for making the handing over ceremony a possibility.
Mobility Sierra Leone, he said, remains committed to improving the status of disabled persons in the country.
The Program Manager noted that the significance of the wheelchair donation could not be over–emphasized as mobility is one of the major challenges facing disabled persons all over the world.
Chairman for the occasion, Wilson Salia Koroma of the Social Welfare Ministry, stated that everybody is a potential disable and, therefore, people should not discriminate disabled persons as they are very important and form an integral part of society.
Salia Koroma urged the beneficiaries to take proper care of the expensive and durable wheelchairs and encouraged those who did not benefit from the donation to take hear as there are more opportunities on the way for disabled persons.
In his keynote address, the Southern Regional Commissioner of NCPD, Vandi Konneh, who represented the Social Welfare Minister, disclosed plans to start penalizing parents who fail to send their disabled kids to school, furthering that by next year, anybody who constructs a public building without opportunity for disabled persons to access it will face the full penalty of the law, concluding by warning that it is dangerous to disturb disabled persons as they can explode.
By Joseph Milton Lebbie
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