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Israeli “Wheelchairs of Hope” donated to children with disabilities

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This year Israel celebrates its 70 years of Independence and 60 Years of the Establishment of MASHAV (Israel’s agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem). MASHAV is assisting Nepal since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1960, through development cooperation, particularly in the capacity building of the human resources and humanitarian activities.
This year, the Embassy of Israel has celebrated her Independence Day for a special cause — giving the way forward in the lives of children with disabilities by making their mobility accessible and increase independence. The Lions Club of Kathmandu Capital District 325-A2 and Karuna Foundation Nepal have collaborated with the Embassy for this noble cause.
Specially designed for children, 40 ‘Wheelchairs of Hope’ from Israel were distributed to children with disabilities by the chief guest Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at a special function organized in Kathmandu.
Addressing the function Minister Gyawali thanked the government of Israel for providing the wheelchair to Nepalese children with disability. “The wheelchair will greatly enhance the mobility of the children with disability in Nepal. Since the establishment of relations between the two countries, Israel has been providing very meaningful support to Nepal. The newly developed wheelchair is another milestone,” said Minister Gyawali.
Benny Omer, Ambassador of Israel, expressed his satisfaction for the Embassy’s contribution to this humanitarian cause and hoped that these children would benefit from the specially designed, light and comfortable wheelchairs for the freedom of their movement and expressed his commitment for more of such activities in the future.
District Governor of Lions Clubs International, District 325-A2, Lion Sudarshandhar Pradhananga said that the Association of Lions Clubs International was established in 1917 with the motto “We Serve”. As of today, more than 1.4 million members from 204 countries are serving the people around the world. He also informed that Lions Clubs are humanitarian organizations working for prevention of diabetes, low vision, and childhood cancer; environment protection, hunger relief distribution, etc.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Bhagawan Koirala, Vice Chairperson of Karuna Foundation Nepal, highlighted on the activities of Karuna Foundation Nepal in the areas of prevention of childhood disabilities and improvement of quality of lives of the children/adults with disabilities and their families. He further mentioned that environmental and attitudinal barriers are the major challenges for the peoplewith disabilities in Nepal and further stressed that thetime has come to break all barriers and myths to includethis population into the mainstream.

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