50 Persons with disabilities in Ngoma district recently received wheelchairs, donated by the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Beneficiaries were urged to use the donations effectively to ease movement and improve their living conditions.
“The wheelchairs should enable you to venture the outside world for business and put an end to the street begging habits,” advised Providence Kirenga, Ngoma Vice Mayor in charge of Social affairs.
Beneficiaries immediately formed co-operatives, with the district’s help, and ventured into mobile money, Tigo cash and airtime recharge cards’ businesses.
“After getting wheel chairs, we formed a cooperative and started knitting school sweaters. In such a short period, I support my family and pay my child’s school fees,” Said Odette Kiruwera, beneficiary.
According to Ngoma district, more 30 persons with physical disabilities lack wheelchairs.
Rwanda and Rhineland Palatinate have a long standing 30 year partnership.
The partnership is based on four broad areas of co-operation that include exchange of knowledge; culture, friendship and emotional bonding humanitarian and developmental initiatives.
National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)