On Wednesday Operation Jumpstart Association NPC delivered 7 brand new wheelchairs and much needed PPE to brighten up the lives of the little ones at Indlu Yokuphephela (Home of Safety) near Hibberdene on the KZN South Coast.
“We understand the significance of the wheelchairs in the community. They do not only serve the purpose of mobility and independence for the user, but also a step forward for the whole community”, says Ms Sayinle Zungu, Operations Manager, OJA. “People who use wheelchairs are the same as anybody else; they just get around on wheels instead of feet!”
The delivery of these wheelchairs brings the total of donated manual wheelchairs by OJA to 16 800 and 200 motorized wheelchairs in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This is made possible by a partnership with our generous partners.
Indlu Yokuphephela is situated in the rural South Coast , Hibberdene area and has more than 20 people with disability living there in the centre.
The safe haven was founded my Mrs LC Ndlovu who is committed to making a difference in the lives of the children of her area. She understands that for many of the little ones, this wheelchair is a first step towards independence and living a productive life.
Kids in Wheelchairs
Kids can need wheelchairs for many different reasons. Some have had injuries either to their legs or spine, which controls leg movement. Others have disabilities due to muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.
For kids who depend on a wheelchair for the long term, life is different. They’ll need to learn how to use the wheelchair in lots of different situations. As part of the process, OJA did a demonstration on how to use the wheelchairs and how to adjust each chair to suit the needs of the child.
Support for Communities
In spite of Covid-19, OJA continues to provide support for community organisations and vulnerable members of society. Added to the community support are Personal Protective Equipment like Sanitisers, masks and soap.