NEBBI. At least 80 people with disabilities (PWDs) in Nebbi district have received wheelchairs to ease their mobility.

The wheelchairs were on Thursday donated by help the disabled children excel (HDCE), a local community based organisation with support from the world action fund.

While delivering the wheelchairs, Mr Denis Paul Warom, the Nebbi HDCE coordinator said they decided to get in partnership with the world action fund after realizing that at least 400 disabled people in Nebbi needed to be supported.

He said of the 80 wheelchairs, 12 were given to children with disabilities.

“Most of these disabled children were finding it hard to move to school and play with their fellow children and that is why we had to come in to support them,” Warom said.

He also observed that with continuous stigma and discrimination, the wheelchairs will also help PWDs to move around and socialise with others since most of them have not been able to move freely.

“Our target is that all the 400 PWDs who need wheelchairs in Nebbi district get them. We have today started with 80 but in April next year, more wheelchairs will be given out to PWDs,” Warom promised.

Ms Pasculina Pacube, 57, a resident of Padel in Parombo Sub County who doubles as the guardian to Godwin Jawiambe, 17, one of the beneficiaries said that the wheelchair has come timely because she was finding it hard to continue carrying the boy to school on her back due to old age.

“Jawiambe was abandoned by his parents shortly after being born with disability and since then, I have been the one struggling to bring him up. I now thank God that he has received a wheelchair which he will use to move to school and around,” Pacube said.

Meanwhile Ms Doreen Nimungu, the district councillor representing persons with disability commended HDCE for the donation and urged more partners to consider supporting the district since it has inadequate funds to procure wheelchairs for PWDs.

“Much as the district is doing a lot in improvement the lives of PWDS, it has inadequate funds to provide wheelchairs to all the 400 needy PWDs,” she said.