In last months newsletter we asked you to help buy a little boy a wheelchair. Five year old John was born with legs that end above knee level and just one hand. Although he can crawl around with remarkable speed he could not go far and was unable to attend pre-school. His horizons were limited to just around his house in a tiny village in Mfuwe.
As the newsletter hit inboxes across the world we set up a page for John on the Just Giving website to enable donations to be made easily. Within a short time we had exceeded our target and had actually raised enough for two wheelchairs. Thank you so much each and every one of you who donated towards this cause. However the story did not end there.
We received an email from John Oberg who is the MD of Sandvik Mining and Construction Zambia Limited in Zambia. John and his wife work closely with http://www.wheelchairsforkids.org/, an Australian organisation that makes and distributes wheelchairs for children in the poorer countries of the World. John kindly offered us just what we needed – a child’s wheelchair especially made for rough conditions free of charge. Of course we accepted and just a short time later John had his first trip out in his chair. Thank you John.
Last week he attended Chiyembekezo Pre-school for the first time and not surprisingly was a little overawed by nearly ninety kids singing and chanting. He soon settled in and is now pushed to school each morning by his big sister. Take a look at how he got on during his first few outings. We've taken so many photos that we had to give him his own page on the website.
This does leave us with the matter of the unused donations. As John is just one of many disabled children in the Mfuwe area and we will set up a specific fund to help these other kids too.