Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out my fundraising page in support of the Walkabout Wheelchair Assembly & Repair Centre in Kenya.
In May 2022, my mom and I joined the Walkabout team for a trip to their Centre in Nanyuki. It was an incredible experience that will stay with us forever! We met the local team, learned how to assemble and fit wheelchairs, went on an outreach distribution and even played sitting volleyball! We felt so fortunate to be a part of such a powerful mission.
This was my first time in Kenya, a place I wanted to experience first-hand after hearing about the Walkabout Centre. I had been to Africa before, and experienced the hardships people face, but not since becoming a wheelchair user myself. It was very humbling, to say the least. Being from the US, I hadn’t considered the stigma surrounding persons with disabilities. People will disassociate themselves from you if you have a child with a disability, and you are left isolated from the community. It’s heart-wrenching, but despite the adversity, they are some of the strongest people I’ve ever met.
The Kenyan team at the Walkabout Centre consists of 16 local staff members, six of whom are wheelchair users and past beneficiaries, who assemble and fit wheelchairs for people in need across the country. The team’s family mentality and caring energy shines through from the second you meet them.
I could go on and on about my experience in Kenya, but I suggest you watch the video about our trip by clicking the button below. It was really a special experience for my mom and I, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Your contributions not only provide wheelchairs to people in need, but also provide employment, create purpose, and help change the stigma surrounding disability.
I’m more driven now than ever before to help support the Walkabout Kenya Centre, and I’m aiming to raise $35,000 for a container of life-changing wheelchairs for kids and adults in need.
Together, we have the power to change lives! Every little bit helps!
-Kirk, Julie, and Maddox