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    Helping kids with disabilities in Kalma Camp overcome one challenge

    Day 129

    A New Beginning

    For the next couple of days we’re spending time with the people of Kalma Camp in South Darfur. These communities don’t have a whole lot of support, they do a lot with a little. But for people who face extra challenges – like a physical disability – hurdles in Kalma can morph into mountains.

    There are a lot of kids in Kalma who face physical challenges. But, it’s so important that they continue to socialize with their peers, go to school, and get around the camp with ease.

    Our teams wanted to do something to help. So they sat down with people in the community and came up with a plan for three children – kids who, despite the obstacles, are working hard toward a bright future.

    What do these kids need most? Wheelchairs.

    Abdulsalam, age 9, Mojahed, age 14, and Izaedin, age 16, all got new wheelchairs – tools they can use to get where they need to go. And the kids weren’t the only ones over the moon about these gifts.

    “Izaedin loves education and he is very good, but it was difficult for him to go to school daily and difficult to me to take him to school,” said Izaedin’s mom. “When I heard that you were going to provide a wheelchair to my son, I cried of joy and I told him that is a dream come true and I appreciate it and will remember it forever.”

    “Without this support, my son would have stopped going to school,” said Mojahed’s father. “If I could fly to America, I would love to meet with the supporters of this to show and express my happiness and appreciation to them.”

    “I am a divorced mother. I work hard to support my family,” said Abdulsalam’s mom. “I felt so sad that he wasn’t able to go to school like the other children. The day he received the wheelchair is like the day he was born – he’s now able to go to school and is respected by other children. I am so happy.”

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