In Rotary Clubs, PWDs are crawling on wheels

In Lango sub-region last year, a similar donation was made by Rotarac Uganda. A disabled man from Oyam being lifted to his wheel-chair in Lira town last year. File photo.

MBALE, LANGO– ELEVEN Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Mbale district have received donation of wheelchairs from Rotary Club of Mbale in conjunction with Rotary Club of Kampala Munyonyo.

The donations was handed over to The Aids Support Organization (TASO) Mbale officials on Thursday who will give to the beneficiaries.

Violet Bugosi whose father is one of the beneficiaries said the donation will help her father to commute.

“My father has been going through hard time. Whenever he wanted to move, he would be carried in a hired transport or crawl,” Bugosi said of her father.

She thanked Rotarians for their ever generous donations and support to people especially PWDs.

Paul Munialo who’s the President of Rotary Club of Mbale said it’s always their mission to help the disadvantaged people in society they live.

“We gave the donation to TASO because we (Rotarians) know they are capable and will give to rightful beneficiaries,” Muniola said.

He added: “This is just the beginning of our giving. Rotary Club of Kampala as made commitments to work with us.”

In July 2017, similar donations were given to 120 PWDs in Lango Sub-region by Rotary Club of Kampala- Nsambya in partnership with Rotary Club of Lira.

Atoo Easter, the Rotary Club President of Lira said then that the beneficiaries were selected from eight districts in the sub region.

In 2017, data showed that Lango Sub region had 700 disabled people. Of the number, 80 were using wheelchairs.

“The project is a beginning and won’t end. We are directly working with Wheelchair Foundation (manufacturers),” the President said then.

Kirombe Mike, the President of Rotary Club of Kampala-Nsambya told Lira journalists then that over 525 wheelchairs would be distributed in northern Uganda.

“We have donated 93 in Moroto and 52 in Soroti and 120 in Lango,” he said.

Additional reporting By Judith Amusugut in Mbale Town

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