Visible disabilities can be a challenging subject to discuss in the Middle East.
While traditionally the subject has been somewhat taboo, things are really changing over here. In fact, Prince Mired of the Hashemite dynasty in Jordan has publicly advocated for making disabilities more visible in society, so as to help these vulnerable people's lives. We feel honoured to be part of making this happen!
The past month, RUP has been busy locating refugees who need wheelchairs and providing support to them.
We have been lucky enough to distribute 23 of our 35 wheelchairs in the past four weeks, and are hoping to finish this first distribution by Christmas. The people who have received them have been a mix of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as Jordanian people with disabilities. It's great to be able to help such a diverse group of people!
The wheelchairs come in three sizes and can be assembled in about 20 minutes, and are from the Free Wheelchair Mission. Each wheelchair comes with tools and a pump for the wheels, so the owner can adjust it as they wish. We sincerely hope these gifts can make life easier for them, and we have already spotted a few around town here in Zarqa, Jordan.