The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated wheelchairs and crutches to People With Disability in Rwanda recently.
The donations — done in collaboration with local agencies and organizations — are expected to improve patients’ health, mobility, quality of life and self-reliance.
The Church worked with the Rwanda Biomedical Center and National Council of Persons with Disabilities to deliver wheelchairs and hold a training event on Oct. 20 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Over four days, local physiotherapists were trained how to assess people with disabilities to match them with the most suitable wheelchairs and other assistive devices, reported the Church’s Africa Newsroom.
The hospital technicians were also trained in assembling wheelchairs and repair of damaged wheelchairs.
Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the executive secretary of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, said, “The Latter-day Saints have given us wheelchairs of the finest quality and have vowed to supply enough for our people in need. They have shown us a heart of generosity.”
Several people who received new wheelchairs or walking aids expressed their thanks and said the assistance will help them move around and carry out everyday tasks. They said that their current devices were old and damaged, and that they could not afford to replace them by themselves.