British charities team-up to help wheelchair bound learners in Kenya

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Wheelchair learners in Kenya
Akamba Aid Fund and Motivation have joined forces to help wheelchair bound students in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/AkambaAidFund

Two British-based charities have teamed up to support wheelchair bound Kenyan students.

The Akamba Aid Fund in collaboration with Motivation are working together to help the learners aid their development, and not allow their disability to hinder it.

Motivation are a Bristol based charity who provide unique wheelchairs which are designed for the challenging environments found in developing countries.

The aim of the collaboration is to provide training and support for people with mobility disabilities to improve their health, wheelchair skills and self-confidence. Seemingly simple skills such as being able to transfer in and out of your wheelchair safely can make a huge difference to independence.

Through the work of the charity, families, communities and even economies feel the positive change from mobilizing these members of society from among the estimates 130,000 Kenyans who need a wheelchair.

All terrain wheelchair

Motivation has been working in Kenya since 2011 and they now have a regional office in Nairobi to serve the East Africa region.

They have previously embarked on a project in partnership with World Vision to strengthen the wheelchair sector in Kenya and ensure that people with mobility disabilities get the right wheelchairs so that they can take part in community life and access the services that they need.

For that project, they worked across five counties, providing clinical and technical support for six wheelchair services and helping to improve staff skills so that they can provide people with wheelchairs that are fitted to World Health Organization standards.

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