Network of Caring donates wheelchairs

ONIIPA: The Network of Caring, an international charity organisation operating in 36 countries around the world, on Saturday donated 80 wheelchairs to people living with disabilities at the Oniipa Rehabilitation Centre in the Oshikoto Region.

The wheelchairs were assembled here by members of the charity organisation, after parts were imported from the United States.

Speaking during the hand-over ceremony, the organisation’s representative, Dr John Keiseb pointed out that it is the second time the organisation donates wheelchairs to people with disabilities through the Lutheran Church’s Department of Diakonia Social Services (DDSS), under which the Oniipa Rehabilitation Centre falls.

“We donated 30 wheelchairs at this centre already in 2013,” said Keiseb, adding that his organisation also donated 20 wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Windhoek earlier this year.

According to him, the wheelchairs are bought with money contributed by members of the organisation on a monthly basis, since its inception 25 years ago.

Keiseb said his organisation is committed to assist people in need, especially people with disabilities, and it will continue soliciting funds for such a purpose.

The Director of Department of DDSS, Reverend Gerson Neliwa, when addressing those present said: “Network of Caring, your activities are felt in the community and your assistance makes a difference in the lives of the people of God.”

He added that the donated wheelchairs will change the lives of people who are unable to walk.

One of the beneficiaries, the elderly Victoria Hangula from Efululula village said the wheelchair will make it easier for her to move around her homestead as she carries out her daily chores.

Beneficiaries were drawn from different communities in northern Namibia.