“I believe now I will be able to move around, have a good relationship with my wife, and debunk all those myths associated with disabled persons."

Joel lives near Nairobi with his wife and three sons. He worked as a driver until, one day in 2015, he fell from a height and sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury.

“I was very depressed after my injury. My feeling was an unworthy person, always thinking of suicide, worried about my family and my wife. I lost many friends. Most of the time I spent my day lounging on a sofa.”

Joel met Motivation’s Kenyan team. He was fitted with an appropriate wheelchair and attended a Motivation training session through our Ready, Willing and Able project. He told us about how this turned things around:

“The training has empowered me, opened up my mind and changed my perception about my disability and life.

“Before I never knew there was an appropriate wheelchair. I never understood about my disability and sexuality; grooming; wheeling [mobility skills].

“I believe now I will be able to move around, have a good relationship with my wife, and debunk all those myths associated with disabled persons.

“I will use the knowledge acquired to advocate for the rights of disabled persons in my area. I feel liberated.

     

Joel before and after receiving his Motivation wheelchair


Today, Joel is making plans for the future, and feels Ready, Willing and Able to follow his dreams. Find out more from Joel: 

Thanks to Motivation’s peer training, Joel’s future is looking bright.

You can help us to support even more people like Joel to live happy, fulfilled lives. Donate today.

Ready, Willing and Able was funded with UK aid from the UK Government.