Wheels in Kenya 2021 - Blog 4
Reporting from our supported wheelchair distribution in Elburgon, Kenya. A local team fit wheelchairs and other mobility aids for disabled people from August to early September, ably assisted remotely by a UK team of therapists and specialists. We'll bring you reports from the in-country Kenyan team as often as communications allow. The distribution finished on the 5th September, with many people and families receiving life-changing mobility aids. Thank you for your support! We may have a few other posts over the next couple of weeks, catching up with the details from all the days of the distribution.
DAY 6 : 27TH AUGUST 2021
The breaking of the day with promising rays of the beautiful sunrise and sweet melodies of birds of the air penetrating through the windows of our Supported Distribution centre seemingly to welcome a day of great blessings to many disabled people, and more so to a young boy who since birth had not ever seen nor sat on a wheelchair. This actually happened right here where the UK team and the local team were motivated by the desire to see these smart faces empowered and transformed with new enablement and elements of hopeful brilliant future of the beneficiaries and their parents/guardians.
Gerald, a seven year old boy, was born without lower limbs and one hand. He is a jovial boy, lovely company, and a story-teller. He is energetic and can do some activities with his one hand like writing. He likes schooling very much.
Immediately when his mother arrived at the distribution hall and found her son's name among those to benefit with a wheelchair, she could not control her tears of joy. Everyone in the hall was touched by her actions. She talked continuously giving thanks to God and the team which was supporting the distribution.
Immediately the boy sat on the wheel chair, she was overexcited. Similar joy was expressed by the boy who started wheeling himself around the distribution hall. This was the best day for the child. Gerald said that he saw and sat on a wheelchair one time he went to seek medical attention in the nearby hospital. He is a courageous and daring boy that he even talked with the doctor requesting him to allow him to go home with the wheelchair. The doctor saw the need for the child and he promised him that he will alert the mother in case of any other distribution will be made at Elburgon. Upon the doctor hearing the good news of this distribution, he alerted the caregiver and now the boy has his chair.
The boy was very grateful to the doctor, to the bishop and UK team at large. He says his life will change drastically. He will be in a position to move around and even go to school. Thank you for all your support!
Wheels in Kenya 2021 - Blog 3
Reporting from our supported wheelchair distribution in Elburgon, Kenya. A local team will be fitting people with wheelchairs for the next 6 to 7 weeks (from mid-August through to September), ably assisted remotely by a UK team of therapists and specialists. Technical problems are making it hard to get blog posts over regularly, but we'll bring you reports from the in-country Kenyan team as often as communications allow. Please keep praying for the team, both in Kenya and the UK. Thank you for your support!
Day 3: 13th AUGUST, 2021
Impact of Through the Roof and Wheels for the World Highly Acknowledged By The Central Government
It was on Friday morning of 13th August 2021 when the star of the Through The Roof, Wheels for the World was destined to shine in Kenya. The news had spread through the media on the great compassion and charity work of TTR in Kenya via SD in Elburgon. On the eve of 12th August, a strange phone call rang from the most senior regional officer. He confirmed with me the work of the Supported Distribution and gave the message that he was to visit to witness what was happening. True to his word, we saw very many government officials in the morning and security agencies coming to prepare for the arrival of the Regional (Provincial) Commissioner. He first inspected our store where he expressed his joy and thanksgiving to Through The Roof (Donors and Partners of Davis) for such massive supply and support to the very needy population. He was surprised to see that such great work has been going for years without much recognition. He also inspected services of basic trade skills training, though with only very few machines. Further he was impressed by our service charter which indicated no cost for all services offered, to him this was divine calling.
In the distribution hall, medical personnel explained how the programme was touching and transforming lives of many people. The hospital officer introduced the OP, and Physios from the hospital working with Davis and said that for many years they have received assistive devices from our centre and thank you. Additionally, the health officer informed the guest that sometimes they watch people helplessly when they cannot provide the devices. The doc thanked Davis for collaboration for several years and thanked him for being chairperson of the Hospital management board for three consecutive terms which ended in 2019.
When the chief guest stood to speak, he truely thanked the donor, Through The Roof Charity for their hospitality and goodwill in supporting the government through the local partner. He noted that at some point, the government has to work with other agencies of goodwill in order to promote or even create hope to the very desperate clients. He thanked the Kenyan team for accepting to work under new technology in communication though challenging in the rural areas. In order to express his gratitude, he promised to table the name of Davis to the cabinet for possible consideration for the award of Head of State Commendation as one of the Heroes in the country. We shall inform you of the outcome at the end of the year. Then the day's distribution was prolonged till around 7.00 pm Kenyan time so as to attend all the clients of the day. The team saw many people, and distributed wheelchairs and other aids, helping many families, including...
AGE: 30 YRS
Margaret was born in good health condition, went to school and completed her high school education. By the age of 22 yrs. after giving birth to her baby, her body joints started aching. Later she was diagnosed suffering from arthritis. The condition deteriorated to severe pains and this led to collapsing of ribs and eventually paralyzed of her both legs.
Her mother says that during those eight years her daughter is in that condition, it has not been easy. She empathizes with her due to pain most of the time. She is required to be taken outside and bask during morning hours and this does not take place more often because lifting her is a great task. She says she had been wishing to have a wheelchair but due to lack of funds her desire remained void.
The mother appreciates very much for the support because her daughter will no longer be staying indoor all the time. Also less energy will be used to relocate her from one place to another. May God bless you abundantly for the wonderful job you are doing to give hope to the less fortunate.