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Special needs children receive wheelchairs

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Two children with special needs on Wednesday received wheelchairs from the Swakopmund Rotary Club.The children, Veikko Emvula and Pomeneipawa Daniel, both aged seven years old, are residents of the DRC informal settlement.“I have resorted to carrying V…

Two children with special needs on Wednesday received wheelchairs from the Swakopmund Rotary Club.

The children, Veikko Emvula and Pomeneipawa Daniel, both aged seven years old, are residents of the DRC informal settlement.

“I have resorted to carrying Veikko on my back every time I have some housework to do as I am afraid that if I leave him lying on the bed for too long, he might get tired and agitated,” Veikko’s mother, Elise Mbinda, said.

Mbinda expressed her gratitude for the donation, noting that it would relieve her of having to carry her son around and also give him more freedom to move around.

The children were identified through the office of the mayor, which then approached possible donors.

President of the Swakopmund Rotary Club, Raimar Von Hase, said the donation is part of the club’s continuous support to communities.

“This is line with what we as Rotarians are doing and when the mayor contacted us for assistance, we immediately sourced from our other clubs as well and decided to assist,' Von Hase said.

Swakopmund Mayor Louisa Kativa thanked the Rotary Club for its ongoing support to the needy.

“We often take for granted the independence that comes with the ability to walk. We rarely recognise the pain of not being able to fend for ourselves and constantly depending on those around us, especially when you are at a young age wishing to experiment and have adventures like your peers. It therefore gives me great pleasure to see that these two children will gain some independence,” Kativa said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency