UK foundation promises wheelchairs for Namibians

12 Aug 2013 09:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - The Wheelchair Foundation in the United Kingdom (UK) has requested the Windhoek Rotary Club to provide the organisation with the names of Namibians in need of wheelchairs so that they can help them.
The Rotary Club received 280 wheelchairs (non-electric) from the foundation in May this year, and started distributing these in towns such as Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, !Naminus (former Lüderitz), and Keetmanshoop.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, the Rotary Club’s treasurer Eckhart von Oehsen confirmed that the UK Wheelchair Foundation has shown an interest in supplying more wheelchairs.
“So far, we have 40 wheelchairs left. We will distribute them when we receive another list of names of people with disabilities. It does not matter which region they are from, as long as they are Namibians,” he noted.
Keetmanshoop resident Hansina Tseis, 85, was one of the first people to receive her wheelchair on Saturday.
A delighted Tseis, who cannot walk or stand, told this agency that she has been lying in bed for 10 years after damaging her spine when she fell as she was entering the gate at her home.
“I am very proud today. With the wheelchair, I can now go to church and dance. It is very depressing to spend 10 years inside a house because you cannot walk,” she stated.
The wheelchair was availed to her through the Imago Dei association and //Karas Huisen Craft (KHC).
Imago Dei is a welfare and poverty relief association which collects finances, clothes and other necessities for distribution to underprivileged people.
KHC is a community-owned and managed organisation, which was established in 2003 to take care of women living with HIV/AIDS in the //Karas Region.
KHC Director Madalene Hartung said on Monday that Imago Dei asked her organisation to identify people in need of wheelchairs in Keetmanshoop so that their names could be submitted to the Rotary Club in Windhoek.
“I have asked my colleagues to ask around and bring me the names of people in need of wheelchairs. So far, we have not identified anyone yet, but I am sure we will get names soon,” Hartung stated.
A medical rehabilitation worker at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, Rauna Mwashekele, told Nampa last year that there were more than 40 people in need of wheelchairs in //Karas at the time.
Hartung promised to contact Mwashekele for the names of those who are still in need.