Donate today to help disabled young people like Amit complete school and live independent lives.

Across the developing world, thousands of disabled young people like Amit* are lacking suitable wheelchairs, mobility skills, and information about their disabilities and rights. They are stripped of their confidence and are completely reliant on their families. In many cases, they are unable to finish their education, access employment and live independent lives.

By supporting Motivation today, you can ensure that disabled young people like Amit are provided with wheelchairs that are properly fitted and appropriate for the terrain in their communities. You can help us run training sessions for disabled young people and their parents/carers, giving them a better understanding of their disability and helping them connect with other people in similar situations. You can equip them the information they need to stand up for their rights, regain their confidence, stay in school and lead independent lives.

Amit's story

Amit is seventeen years old, and lives with his parents and two sisters in Delhi. Three years ago, he lost the use of his legs after contracting a rare autoimmune disease.

“I do not know much about the illlness,” he told us. “When I first got to hospital I was still able to walk. But I went to sleep and when I woke up, I was unable to feel myself.”

When he left hospital, the wheelchair he was given was broken. It was poorly-fitted and painful, leaving him susceptible to life-threatening pressure sores, and unable to get around on his own. His independence had been stripped from him overnight, and his confidence was knocked. Although it was a shock, his family were supportive;  they helped him to keep as mobile as possible and ensured he could stay in education.

Before my illness, my goals were not clear and I was not good at studying. My illness made a big change in me; I realised studying was going to help me. I realised I am physically weak and if I want to be something, I have to be mentally strong.

Education became incredibly important to Amit. For two years, his parents had to take him to and from school so he could study. But his life was transformed when the hospital called and offered him a Motivation wheelchair. He was assessed and measured, and had his new wheelchair two days later.

Amit’s Motivation wheelchair fitted him perfectly, making it comfortable and easy to use. His pressure relieving cushion prevented him from developing dangerous sores. The design suited the rough terrain of his community well, and his commute to school was a lot easier than it had been before.

This Motivation wheelchair is really good for me. It has four wheels which makes it easy to take on roads that are not well made. It is helping me to finish my education – it was very tough without it.

Before long, his condition started to improve too. He has limited feeling back in his legs and is able to walk nine to ten steps with a walking frame. He still uses his wheelchair when travelling during the day but does exercises to strengthen his legs in the evenings.

With his self-esteem growing, Amit is looking to the future.

I have recently decided to become a civil servant. I don’t know what department I will go into yet as I am focussing on finishing school first. Once I finish, I’ll go to university. I would like to go to Delhi university if I can, but I could go anywhere – my marks will decide.

Change the future for disabled young people like Amit

Donate today to give disabled young people like Amit the chance to complete their education and lead independent lives. Your donation will be spent across our projects wherever it will have the greatest impact. 

*Amit's name has been changed to protect his privacy.