"When I was a soldier, people liked me. As I'm now using a wheelchair, people still like me as before." Moses, Uganda

Moses lives in Uganda. In 2006, he sustained a spinal cord injury at home whilst running a bath. He tripped and fell in his bathroom, falling to the ground. Moses knew immediately something was seriously wrong the moment he lost control of his bladder. He called for his brothers who took him to hospital. At the end of a 10 month hospital stay, Moses was first given the news that he had sustained a spinal cord injury:

They said, Moses – you are now suffering from spinal cord injury. And I said – that is what God prepared for me.

 Once discharged, Moses returned home to his village to live with his wife, Rosa, and children. Though five years later, unable to cope with his condition Rosa chose to leave him taking their six children with her. Working as a medical assistant in the hospital, Moses was hurt by her actions and believed she struggled with the idea of providing personal care and support that Moses needed:

Removing this urine is very difficult for some of the women – they think that you have already died however you are still alive. She saw that I cannot do anything and now she’s left me. Remember when you were still engaged this other you say if you died I will bury you, and when I die you will bury me – but if they see problems they just leave you.

Previously having served as an Officer in the Ugandan army for 8 years, before his accident Moses was training soldiers and was due to be discharged to Iraq. His ranking and wage allowed him and his family to have a comfortable life. Though now, taking great pride in his children, Moses’ main worry is being unable to send them to school to finish their education:

 Now I’m facing the challenge of paying the school fees. I don’t dig, I don’t do anything. Now the woman is also managing to leave me. My worries are for my children only – I want them to study.

Moses feels confident that he will no longer have to ask his family to pay for their education, and has faith that he will soon be able to support himself. After having been prescribed his Motivation Rough Terrain wheelchair, Moses can now tend to his land and vegetables like he used to. Dreaming of one day owning his own shop, he now spends his time with friends and others from his community cultivating and selling his vegetables at the local market: 

I’m free, I can move to go to the markets and buy things. Because when I was a soldier, people liked me. As I’m now using a wheelchair, people still like me as before.

Though Moses is still adjusting to life without seeing his family every day, his Motivation wheelchair has given him the strength and independence to get on and live a full and active life: 

I’m very happy. I beg my fellow friends who have had incidents and are suffering from spinal cord injuries and are on their wheelchairs, I beg them that this is not the end. This is not the end! 

Whilst his situation has greatly improved since receiving his Rough Terrain, Moses is still in need of support relating to managing his health and financial stability. That’s why in addition to wheelchair provision, Motivation’s holistic approach addresses interrelated factors that disability has on people’s lives so that people like Moses have the right tools and support to live their lives to the best of their potential.