29 August 2018, Kathmandu
A “Wheelchair Handover Program” was organized on 13th August 2018, by the Center for Disabled Children Assistance Nepal (CDCA), a not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO). The purpose of the program was to transfer all the accessories of wheelchair provided by the German Wheelchair Project a local NGO Self Help Group for Cerebral Palsy Nepal (SGCP). CDCA has been actively working to provide rehabilitative services to disabled children in Nepal since its establishment in 2006 and has been conducting various programs that would result in better life for such children.
A wheelchair is a wheeled mobility device in which the user sits. It is used when walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury or disability. It can prove beneficial to children with cerebral palsy as it helps them to sit or move comfortably with improved posture or body alignment. A wheelchair facilitates them to access opportunities like health, education, employment and helps make them self-reliant.
Despite being a device for mobility impaired people, the correct use and maintenance of wheelchairs have faced difficulties in Nepal resulting in wastage. The main reasons can be attributed to the lack of trained manpower and facilities for repair and maintenance of the wheelchairs. Various national and international agencies donate wheelchairs.
With time, mechanical problems may begin to appear in the wheelchairs. Due to lack of manpower, essential spare parts, and service centers, these devices are deprived of repair and shortly get converted into rubbish. Keeping these problems into consideration, CDCA is planning to implement a “wheelchair repair project” for maintenance and repair of wheelchairs in Nepal. The principal objective of the project is to enable reuse of the old wheelchairs and prevent them from converting into waste.
A number of people from different walks of life participated in the program including the mayor of Budhanilkantha Municipality Uddhav Prasad Kharel.