Etta has shown that, with practical support, she can continue to play an invaluable role in her family and community - regardless of her age.

The ‘Global Age Watch Index’ by Help Age International lists Malawi as one of the most challenging countries to grow old in. Not only do older people face more health issues there, but their average life expectancy is lower than any other country. Sadly, life can be even more difficult for older people with disabilities - people like Etta.

Etta lives on the outskirts of a large city with her husband, two granddaughters and five grandsons. Like many others in Malawi, Etta's children work far away from home to support the entire family. Etta's grandchildren look to her as their main carer. And at 86 years old, Etta has already defied most statistics - her strength of character is plain to see!

But in 2007, she had a stroke which left her unable to walk. She was given no support to help her adjust to her lack of mobility and, incredibly, she coped without a wheelchair for seven years.

"Life was difficult because I could not leave my home," she explained. "I used to miss events in the community, and I could not visit my friends and relatives during times of bereavement."

The wheelchair has brought huge change in terms of attendance to activities and social meetings with friends.

Etta met staff from Motivation in 2014. She was quickly assessed and fitted for a wheelchair to help her regain independence and quality of life.

Today, she cherishes her wheelchair and takes great pride in keeping it in pristine condition. With the help of her wheelchair, she is able to carry out daily chores and cook for her whole family. She can also attend social gatherings once again, which is something she treasures.

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Etta has shown that, with practical support, she can continue to play an invaluable role in her family and community - regardless of her age. To help others like her receive the wheelchairs they need to live life to the full, support Motivation today.