Many of our Peer Trainers are women, ensuring women who receive our wheelchairs are trained in mobility skills and disability management by someone who they can relate to.

Jackline, from Uganda, sustained a spinal cord injury when she was a teenager.

She explained, “Before receiving support from Motivation life was very difficult, I was confined at home. I could not play with friends anymore, I was being supported by my parents and other siblings for essentially all my daily needs like bathing and reaching the toilet. I could not access the house on my own as it was made of steps, I had to be carried to access the rooms. My parents supported me, but other relatives looked at me as someone who would not be useful in the family. I was long time in the hospital which cost a lot of money
and I was considered to be wasting family resources and yet I was not going to be useful to the family.”

Jackie attended Peer Training where she learned about wheelchair skills, bowel and bladder management, how to manage pressure
sores and disability rights. She says, “Then later Motivation selected about seven of us to train to become Peer Trainers for people with spinal cord injury in the community.”

“The things I can typically speak about to a new wheelchair user are wheelchair transfer skills, for example, from bed to wheelchair and from wheelchair to toilet. Pressure sore management and lastly bowel and bladder management.”

Taking part in Motivation activities, especially Peer Training, has helped me manage my condition as well as support other people with similar conditions. 

Please donate today and support more women like Jackline become Peer Trainers, so they can share their knowledge and skills with newly disabled women.