By Moses Nyirenda
Lilongwe, April 21, Mana: some parents who have children with walking difficulties in the country have expressed their gratitude with the donations of wheelchairs which the Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe is doing in the country.
This follows the recent donation of two wheelchairs all worth K480, 000 to two children with walking difficulties from the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalumo and sub T/A Masanya in Ntchisi district.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), one of the parents from Mbewa village in the area of sub T/A Masanya, Joseph Mackez whose 14 year old son, Matthias Joseph has benefited from the wheelchair support, hailed Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe for its kind gesture.
“For a longtime my son was just staying home and for him to go to school was quite a big challenge, for this reason I am very grateful to rotary club of Bwaila for the wheelchair donation, the support is the relief to the problems which my son has been facing,” Mackez said.
Another parent from, Nekha village in the area of T/A Kalumo, Emily Mlongoti whose 13 year old daughter, Agnes Mlongoti has walking difficulties also applauded Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe for assisting her daughter with a wheelchair.
“When our daughter was young we used to carry her from one place to another but now she has grown up and it is difficult for us to carry her, we are happy to receive a wheelchair from rotary club of Bwaila, we are grateful for the support,” she said.
Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe has been providing wheelchairs to children with walking difficulties since last year, in Ntchisi, Lilongwe and Dowa district.
Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe President, Stella Kasirye said they are focused on supporting children with disability in the country.
“One of our focus areas in this rotary year is to expand our Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) index, so the inclusion part we want to focus on children with disabilities especially those with the disability that takes away quality of life,” Kasirye said.
She also said that as a club they are committed to supporting the disabled children to access medical help saying that some of them may get healed after receiving proper medical treatment.
She also thanked well wishers who have been supporting Rotary Club of Bwaila-Lilongwe financially and materially since it started doing wheelchair donations.