February 2014 Update
February 19, 2014
Dear friends of Wheelchairs for Nigeria,
I am happy to report that 2013 was a banner year for our ministry of providing mobility for Nigerian children and adults who otherwise spend their lives crawling on the ground. We built and donated a total of 1,018 wheelchairs in 2013, making a grand total of 8,694 wheelchairs since Ayuba and I began this ministry almost 15 years ago. Here are the other aids that were given to the disabled:
- 78 folding white canes for the blind (I buy these in the US and take them on the plane)
- 248 pairs of crutches (made in China, purchased in Jos)
- 40 walkers and 63 walking sticks (made in China, purchased in Jos)
- 10 regular wheelchairs (for those who can't use their arms)
- 14 artificial legs (made in our prosthetics shop)
Recently Ayuba presented 30 wheelchairs in the city of Calabar, a 10-hour drive south of Jos. A father of a 13-year-old girl said, "This is a great relief for me. Now I can focus on my farm work since I don't have to carry my girl to and from school every day. God bless you all!" An older woman was full of praises to God, "Now I will be able to attend Mass at my local church, St Paul's Catholic. May God continue to bless you so you can reach out to many more of my brothers and sisters." Ubok Samuel, who had spent his life crawling on the ground, like all these beneficiaries, said in tears, "So I am going to get a wheelchair before I die! Only God will reward you for coming to our aid."
We received a good number of end-of-the-year contributions, most of them for one or two wheelchairs. They were all used for January production, and now we are scraping the bottom again. Since our shop is making over 85 wheelchairs every month, @ $150 each, we need $12,000 to $14,000 every month to keep going. Currently we have only enough in our account for Feb. 25th payroll ($3,200 for 27 employees!) and $1,800 for supplies. I have no idea where we are going to get funds for March production or succeeding months.
Would you consider a regular monthly or quarterly gift?
We are making good progress on the construction of our new workshop. We have received about half of the needed funds for that project. Our policy is that only designated funds go for capital projects. Rest assured that every penny you give goes for a wheelchair, unless you designate it otherwise.
Please look carefully at the woman in pink with the intense eyes. It is hard to imagine that this beautiful woman, with color-coordinated flip-flops, head scarf and purse, has been scooting on her bottom like this her whole life. But that day, Nov. 11, 2013, she got a wheelchair, and her life was transformed! Last year we were able to transform the lives of 1,017 other polio survivors through your faithful giving. Won't you help us help more in 2014?
Ron Rice<< Back to Reports