Greetings, and happy
In February we had the privilege of welcoming the nation of Gabon in western Africa to our family thanks to the efforts of the E4 Project. This week it is my joy to share one of the stories from that distribution with you.
Mike is now 16. Born with a hearing disability, he was diagnosed with polio as a young boy. The disease took its toll on Mike’s body and by age two he was no longer able to walk. For most of his life, Mike has dragged himself around his family’s home using his hands and knees. With shoes to protect his hands and old fabric to protect his knees, it has been very difficult for him to get around the rough, and often dirty, terrain in his village about 600km from Gabon’s capital. When Mike got his new FWM wheelchair, he was all smiles. It was an unforgettable moment as he joyfully told everyone how he could now move on his own. Yesterday he was forced to crawl on the ground and today he had a wheelchair. His mother said that now that Mike has a wheelchair he can go to a school for children with speech and hearing disabilities—she said he is especially excited to play basketball, his favorite sport, which is a dream come true for him.
One of the things that makes FWM so unique is how immediate the impact of a wheelchair is. Like E4 writes, one day someone is on the ground and the next day they’re not. One day Mike had to stay at home, and the next day he could go to school and play basketball. For Mike, truly a dream came true. Thank you for making this possible.