The United Methodist Women in Liberia Saturday February 8, 2020 identified with people living with disabilities in Bong County with over 50 Mobility Carts.
Speaking during the distribution of the mobility carts (or wheel chair) at the United Methodist compound in Gbarnga, the President of the UMW in Liberia Dr. Muriel V. Nelson and the Directress of Women’s work, Pastor Rose Farhat told journalists that the process was intended to identify with physically challenged residents of the County irrespective of their conditions.The duo explained that the distribution of the Mobility Carts is part of a five year strategy plan of the United Methodist Women in Liberia.
They named Health and Empowerment of physically challenged Liberians
The UMW President and Directress of Women’s work narrated that the distribution targeted youth, women, men and children who are living with disabilities in Gbarnga.
According to Dr. Muriel V. Nelson and Pastor Rose R .Farhat the initiative by the United Methodist Women is in partnership with Mobility International Inc. that was launched in the Country to carter to needed Liberians.
Mobility carts is a moving object with three wheeled, operated by a hand crank.
They are important to people without legs.Both Dr. Nelson and Pastor Farhat during the ceremony cautioned the recipients to use the Mobility Carts for the purpose intended; something they believe will motivate the United Methodist Women and partners to continue.
Taking delivery of the carts at the Methodist Compound in Gbarnga the recipients lauded the UMW and Mobility International for recognizing then as people living with disabilities in Gbarnga. Winston Varwolu, Anthony Tokpah and KortoKollie termed the event as rewarding and promised to use the Mobility Carts for the reason donated.
“We use to walk long distances with our sticks because of the lack of carts, many time we tried stopping bike but the bike riders will pass by us because of our conditions” Korto, Winston and Anthony told journalists in Gbarnga.
Samuel Forkpah a 19 year old six grade student joyfully explained that the mobility cart received will help he in reduce transportation on his parents.
In a related development, the United Methodist Women headed by its President Dr. Muriel V. Nelson will on the 17th of February break grounds at the United Methodist compound in Gbarnga for the construction of a multipurpose manufacture center.
The center according to Dr. Nelson will be used to produce and repair mobility carts.
She said when the center is built; vulnerable youths commonly known as zogos at the Methodist bush and other parts of the County will also undergo skill training at the center.
The UMW narrated that during the ground broking ceremony additional mobility carts will be distributed to addition physically challenged residents of the county.
The United Methodist Women comprises of a conglomeration of several astute women of the United Methodist church of Liberia.The group is partnering with Mobility International in other to provide humanitarian assistance to Liberians who are in need.
Besides the provision of mobility carts, the UMU is also providing scholarships to students of United Methodist churches in Liberia.The group is mostly targeting rural parts of Liberia with their initiatives. By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County