In September 2016 our wheelchair project in Kosovo became a reality. This project was a joint effort with DirectConnet Humanitarian Aid (DCHA), ROC Wheels from Bozeman, Montana, and HandiKos in Kosovo. ROC Wheels is known in the industry for making the best wheelchairs for severely disabled children. HandiKos is a non-profit organization in Kosovo that provides assistance to paralyzed people. The list of recipients was provided to us by by HandiKos who worked for many months to assess the needs within a certain demographic. These chairs ranged from basic wheelchairs to very specialized to meet the individuals needs, from severe to moderate. This was a very “hands on” project with many people involved with special talents to insure the best care and comfort to all wheelchair recipients.

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Lisa Maurer, seating specialist from Anchorage, Alaska, (L) makes some positioning adjustments with the help from HandiKos staff. Mother of the child (C) helps as well.

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Each chair had a worksheet developed to provide detailed information about the recipient of the chair.

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Mr. Wayne Hanson, Founder of ROC Wheels, (R) makes some final adjustments.

 

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                       Arben Shabani (DCHA) makes some adjustments while mom attends to her son.

 

Wayne Hanson gives young girl her first test run.

                                    Wayne Hanson gives young girl her final inspection and  first test run.

 

Each recipient received a congratulations, certificate and a photo.

                                                           Each recipient received a congratulations, certificate and a photo.