The World Health Organisation estimates that 75 million people need a wheelchair, the vast majority of whom cannot get one on their own. Without mobility, many of them may be confined to their homes, forced to crawl or be carried. Disease, malnutrition, conflict, and lack of proper medical care are all major causes of disability in the developing world.

In January, thanks to the amazing donations from supporters, lives have been changed in Tumaini.

Alongside the fitting of numerous wheelchairs, Matumaini Rehabilitation Centre hosted a course for caregivers of people with disabilities (PWD). We invited 'Bethany Kids' to come and deliver this course, which covered topics such as; feeding a PWD, positioning for PWD, assistive devices, home therapy, and very importantly explored the many myths around disabilities...of which sadly there are many in Kenya e.g. a child with disability is often seen as a curse and that they should be killed or hidden in a backroom. We recently rescued a boy who was being kept in a hole that had been dug in the garden....unfortunately this is a common reality.

In the future, we hope to continue working with Bethany Kids, and our next task with them will be to assess children for splinting where deformities may be limiting function.
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