Jun 3, 2020

Update on The Romanian Wheelchair Fund 2020

Alex Nicholas plays in his tiny wheelchair
Alex Nicholas plays in his tiny wheelchair

Hello,

Thank you for being a friend of wheelchair users in Romania, as a donor to the Wheelchair Fund initiated by Motivation Romania Foundation.

I hope my message finds you well, despite of the difficult times brought upon all of us by the Covid-19 pandemic. At Motivation all is well. We are happy to report that all our team members remain healthy, as do all 25 young adults with medium and severe disabilities living in Motivation`s group homes since 2003.

Starting in March, when Covid-19 related restrictions were put in place in Romania, we stopped or slowed down wheelchair user services in order to ensure safety of our staff and beneficiaries. In the meanwhile, the IMPACT Romania program for young adults with disabilities transferred from state-run institutions to Motivation`s group homes went into complete isolation – our staff spent two weeks in a row, in shifts, together with our young adults. Now, it feels like a second spring – we are cautious yet a bit more relaxed, enjoying our health and a little more freedom of movement than in the past few months. I hope this is the case for you as well!

So, without further ado, let me bring you up to date with the project you supported through your December 2019 donation on GlobalGiving:

Through the 2019 end of year appeal, we raised 2,823 USD on GlobalGiving. These funds cover the purchase, adaptation and delivery of 18 wheelchairs out of the 100 we aim to donate with your help this year.

In the past months, we were able to provide 10 personalized wheelchairs through GlobalGiving, to users aged 2 – 80 from five counties in Romania. In response to the risks and rules imposed in Romania due to the pandemic, Motivation limited home visits for wheelchair assessment, provision and training. We wanted to minimize the risk of unwillingly spreading the virus, and thereby harming our beneficiaries and their families, or our staff from the regional teams. We limited wheelchair donations to urgent cases or those where assessments had already been completed. We temporarily adapted assessment procedures to allow for distance self-measurements, and intensified discussions with beneficiaries in these cases to make sure their wheelchair fit their personal needs.

Alexandru Nicholas is one of those who received a wheelchair with your help. At the age of 2 and a half (now three), when most children start to walk on their own, Nicholas received an extra-light Panthera wheelchair which will help him navigate the world on his own. Alex is full of energy and his wheelchair allows him to play more, explore and try new activities. He goes out with his mother to the park and plays, does puzzles, even dares to help his mother clean the house, which he sees as some sort of a game. He enjoys so much his new freedom of movement that he moves around in his wheelchair even while learning to count.

Alex’s mother frequently sends us pictures with her son and keeps us up to date with his successes. Their optimism and joy of living keep them going and make us happy for being able to once again change lives for the better.

Thank you once again for making these results possible. Your donation helped give back hope and mobility to wheelchair users in Romania. However, 82 children and adults still need your help to receive appropriate wheelchairs from Motivation. So, if the current situation allows it, please invite your friends and family to join Motivation by donating to our 2020 appeal, to help these people regain their independence in 2020.

Help Motivation change more lives for the better in 2020!

I want to end with another piece of good news from our programs: in response to the pandemic, Motivation Romania starts a new emergency response intervention this June. For the following six months, we will use donations made in Romania via text messages to send health protection packages to at least 27 wheelchair users in difficult situations due to geographical isolation, financial distress or other causes. These packages will include reusable facial masks, disposable gloves, hand and surface disinfectants to use for their health management issues or to clean their wheelchair, etc. We hope these products will help users remain safe in the coming months, whether or not the pandemic intensifies again.

Please follow Motivation Romania`s facebook page for photos and news from our programs.

Keep healthy and safe!

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Feb 4, 2020

Keep spinning the Wheels of Change in Romania in 2020

Irinuca in her new wheelchair
Irinuca in her new wheelchair

The Wheels of Change Project 2020 is our second fundraising appeal on GlobalGiving for the Romanian Wheelchair Fund, the initiative whereby Motivation Romania Foundation donates each year more than 1,000 appropriate wheelchairs in Romania to children and adults with mobility disabilities. In 2019, with the help of friends in Romania and abroad, Motivation donated 1,127 wheelchairs, including 99 wheelchairs funded through generous GlobalGiving donations.

Irinuca, one year and three months old, is one of the children who received a wheelchair donation from Motivation in 2019. Irinuca`s new Panthera Micro wheelchair allowed her to make the „first steps”, as all toddlers do around her age. Now, Irinuca can go around, play and explore independently, like any other child. Her older brother guides her on this journey, motivating her and teaching her to use her new wheelchair. Irinuca cannot wait to play in the courtyard and out in the street this summer. Read about Irinuca and her new wheelchair here.

Your donation on GlobalGiving, together with those of other friends, will help 18 Romanian wheelchair users receive appropriate wheelchairs in 2020! Another 82 wheelchair users need our help to regain their mobility through GlobalGiving in 2020, so please join our efforts to see their dreams come true!

Transform your donation into a monthly contribution to the Wheelchair Fund 2020 campaign, and invite your friends and family to do the same! GlobalGiving will match your donation 100% while funds are available. Keep walking with Motivation Romania on this journey. Donate here and renew your commitment to support independent living for wheelchair users in Romania !

Follow Motivation Romania`s facebook page for photos and news from our programs.

Thank you!

Anca

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Nov 7, 2019

Keep Spinning the Wheels of Change in Romania in 2020

Costel with his independent living trainer, Marian
Costel with his independent living trainer, Marian

The Wheelchair Fund 2020 is our second project on GlobalGiving. While Motivation will start donating wheelchairs through this project next year, I am happy to share with you the results of our first GlobalGiving campaign and to invite you to join Motivation Romania on December 3rd to boost our 2020 project through donations that will hopefully be matched by GlobalGiving through their GivingTuesday appeal on December 3rd.

In 2019, Motivation donated 560 wheelchairs to date, including 99 funded by our friends from the US and globally, through the 2019 GlobalGiving campaign.

Each story we share with you illustrates the different ways appropriate wheelchairs can change lives for the better. This time, the wheelchair received by Costel, 33, started a process of learning that will continue for a while. Just five months after falling from a cart and becoming a wheelchair user, Motivation gave Costel an appropriate wheelchair and showed him how to use it to be more independent. Now he is proud that he can wait for his wife with a good coffee when she brings the children back from school. He also knows he still needs to practise his wheelchair skills, to be able to help his wife and raise his kids. Costel`s journey continues, but is now filled with hope.

Continue walking with Motivation Romania on the journey to give back mobility to Romanians with disabilities in 2020 through the Wheelchair Fund. Join us by donating to our 2020 appeal and invite your friends and family to do the same!

Together with all of you, our project will change more lives for the better in 2020! Stay tuned for the start of GivingTuesday on Global Giving. Give to our project on December 3rd to help us reach our goal for the Wheelchair Fund 2020. Donations made on that day can leverage more funds from GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday.

Follow Motivation Romania`s facebook page for photos and news from our programs.

Thank you!

Anca

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