The training was concluded on Thursday with a pledge to donate 600 wheelchairs within three months.
At the closure of the training, Stephen Hunter, the representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said that they are working with relevant institutions to identify beneficiaries of wheelchairs and crutches yet to be donated for free.
“We are working with relevant institutions to identify people in need of those wheelchairs and crutches starting with different hospitals from across the country,” he said
Hunter explained that they started training staff to take care of targeted beneficiaries to show them how these wheelchairs function and identifying what kind of support disabled persons need.
Following the training, 17 wheelchairs and 3 crutches were donated to beneficiaries who participated.
Beneficiaries and their families thanked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Karema Jean Claude from Ngoma district, Eastern Province lost his two legs. He said the donation gave hope for a normal life again because the former wheelchair had been damaged and was always worried that it would collapse.
“These kind people have changed my life. I was hit hard being unable to go to the bathroom and visit neighbors. I have now been given a wheelchair matching with my weight giving confidence that it would probably last longer without ravage,” he said
Nyiramahirwe Valentine, the spouse Muhayimana Erneste from Kicukiro district who has spent a year without a wheelchair.
“We would hire a wheelchair every time we wanted to move around. With the new donation, we will no longer have such worries,” she said
Habiyambere Pierre Damien is an old man living in Gikondo, in Kicukiro district; who received new crutches better than irreparable ones he used before.
“I am so happy to receive new crutches that can be repaired if there is any kind of damage, ” he said
The Executive Secretary of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, Emmanuel Ndayisaba, thanked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints for taking care of people with disabilities in Rwanda.
He also asked trainees from different hospitals across the country and urged them to make good use of acquired knowledge and make a fair selection of beneficiaries to get promised 600 wheelchairs staring with people with most pressing issues.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened in Rwanda since 1989. It has run different projects supporting needy Rwandans worth US$ 12 million.
The wheelchairs donation project started in 2012. Since then, 2,840 wheelchairs of different types 300 crutches were donated.
50 physiotherapists were trained as well as 32 stakeholders involved in the manufacturing of wheelchair and crutches.
This church donates between 6000 and 9000 wheelchairs all over the world every year.