It’s been a while since I posted a “Worthy Cause” and Audra over at Rediscovering Domesticity shared this one today. I thought I would help her out and repost it here for all of my readers . . . it’s amazing the things we take for granted.
Can you imagine having to crawl to get to work each day? Samalani had to for years until he was given a wheelchair through Free Wheelchair Mission. Oh - how my heart aches to raise more people off the ground. I am participating in the World's Largest Potluck to raise money for wheelchairs. I NEED to raise $59.20 for one chair. My GOAL is to raise $200 for more than three chairs. Read Samalani's story and consider helping me reach my goal.
Africa has always held a special place in my heart – my mission to Angola back in 2002 was one of Free Wheelchair Mission’s first with some of our original wheelchairs. Right now, our “Wheels on Safari” campaign is in full swing to fund distributions across the continent. FWM has strong partners in twenty-five countries in Africa, and today’s Friday Story comes to you from Malawi.
Samalani Phanga is in his early thirties. Handicapped from birth, he has never been able to walk on his own. Samalani has a part-time job working at a store around the corner from his home. He never owned a wheelchair of his own, and had to crawl to work every day.
A husband and father, Samalani also maintains a second job as a bicycle repairman to earn sufficient income to properly care for his family. The bicycle workshop is located across the street from his home, and at some point, this process of crossing the street became a problem.
“The police decided that I could no longer cross the street to get to the garage,” Samalani said. “Because I had to crawl, they were worried that I would be hit by a car and get hurt. But without my job fixing bicycles, I wouldn’t be able to feed my wife and children.”
In a distribution, Samalani was provided with a wheelchair from FWM and our partner in the region, Blessings Hospital. With this gift, life changed dramatically for this husband and father.
“Your gift has made it possible for me to care for my family,” Samalani said. “It is important that my family and I will be able to support ourselves, and not have to be given a hand out by others.”
In a developing country, daily life can pose daunting challenges on those individuals that deal with the daily burden of disability. Sometimes, the mobility a basic wheelchair provides can make all the difference.
“Thank you,” Samalani said, “for helping me to help myself.”