News and stories Stories Shree, India “I was sometimes unable to attend school because of my disability... so I learnt how to sew on a machine." When Shree was a child, she contracted polio and lost her ability to walk. Although others may have turned their backs on her, her parents loved her and encouraged her to find a skill so she could be independent as an adult. “I was sometimes unable to attend school because of my disability... so I learnt how to sew on a machine,” Shree told us. “My teacher was very good which meant that I learnt very quickly. I can make dresses from any material." Today, Shree uses a Motivation wheelchair to help her lead an active, social and independent life. She makes and sells dresses, and teaches other women how to make clothes. Not only does her income allow her to look after herself, but she also supports her aging parents. The wheelchair is essential… it helps me get around and see my friends. “I mostly teach women who cannot find paid work,” Shree said. “At the moment, three of them are disabled. Whilst I am teaching, I sit on the floor with the students around me. But I do my own work sitting in my wheelchair as it is much more comfortable. My chair is essential when I am looking at my students’ work.” Shree’s wheelchair also enables her to be part of her community – something that is incredibly important to her. It means she can join her friends and family at temple, where she can practice her singing. During religious festivals, her wheelchair means she can visit neighbouring villages too. Support Motivation Motivation wheelchairs are life-changing for people like Shree. They enable them to become independent and mobile, so they can live fulfilled and active lives. Make a donation today to provide more essential wheelchairs to people like Shree throughout the developing world.