Physically Challenged Empowered In Anambra

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
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Today was a great day to destitute in Anambra state, as a-Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Latter Day Saint Charity International donated mobility aid materials to them.

The group which is an arm of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints based in America in partnership with Soroptomist International, Awka chapter, donated 20 wheelchairs,20 elbow clutches and 20 armpit clutches to ASCEND members.

Distributing the materials to persons living with disability in Awka,the President of Association for Comprehensive Empowerment of Nigerians with Disability(ASCEND),Chief Cosmas Okoli said the wheelchairs were specially designed to conform with (WHO) guideline on appropriate provision in less resource setting.

He explained that the wheelchairs have features that would make the beneficiaries easily fitted and convenient, adding that they were designed to be used even in difficult terrains.

Chief Okoli who said the event coincided with their launch of empowerment fund to assist their members,thanked the donors for their show of kindness.

The President of Soroptomist International Awka Chapter,Mrs Patricia Mmaduabom, said they decided to partner ASCEND for welfare purposes; adding that in addition to their various support services that they presented a cheque of N100,000 to ASCEND for their activities.

Hope Ngwube, a member of the association, expressed joy that succour came the way of some of them and asked other bodies to emulate the example shown to them by the two groups.

Some of the beneficiaries including Mr Chinedu Mba and Gloria Nwasolu thanked God for using the two groups to touch their lives and called on the governments, philanthropists and bodies to come to the plight of their members.