Twenty-two year old Stella, from Nairobi, Kenya, was born with Spina Bifida. In 2018 she was fitted with a Motivation wheelchair and took part in our Job Seeking and Keeping Skills training. 

During COVID-19 our Kenyan team caught up with Stella over the phone and heard about the challenges she was facing.  She told us that “my studies have been paused, I can’t travel anywhere as am afraid to use public transport, because I will be putting myself at more risk of getting Coronavirus, as I need support to board the car, and currently it is very hard to access medical supplies like catheter that I need most”.

But that hasn't stopped her...

Stella has "recorded a video clip, which is circulating on social media, to support my peers on some of the exercises they can do at home to keep fit during this time of COVID-19 pandemic”. She felt this was important because “wheelchair user stay on the wheelchair for long, hence need some activities to keep them active and healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Stella demonstrates one of the stretches from her video

Stella explained that she learnt the stretches in her video from a student exchange she was able to do in the United States of America. "I was hosted by a wheelchair user, with similar condition like mine”, she explained, “My host mum would request me to accompany her to the therapy services, and it is where I came to learn a number of stretches that can keep a wheelchair user active while at the home”.

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