At least 65 special wheelchairs have been earmarked for Morogoro district by Montero Mining and Exploration Limited, of Canada and their Tanzanian joint venture company, Wigu Hill Mining Company Limited.
At least 26 of the chairs were handed over on at the weekend in Morogoro Urban District and the remaining 39 will be distributed across various wards in Morogoro Rural District.
The chairs, manufactured by Australian NGO, Wheelchairs for Kids are the latest design, for children living with disability and come with new improved features to provide easy mobility, a press statement issued by the miner has said.
“Montero Mining and Exploration Limited is extremely pleased, to be able to help an extremely vulnerable group, which is children living with disability. This programme, among others, is part of our social responsibility programme especially in areas where we operate from, namely Morogoro Rural,” said Country Manager Grant Pierce.
Officiating at the function was Morogoro District Commissioner Said Ali Amanzi, who expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the exploration company, which is engaged in social and community activities, ahead of production.
“We consider companies like Montero not just socially responsible but partners in development. Today the lives of these children and their careers are changed forever. Thanks to Montero, they have been given the joy of mobility,” added DC Said Amanzi.
The department of social welfare Morogoro assisted in sourcing the recipients. Rotary Club of Morogoro provided storage and other logistics.
A total of 160 wheelchairs were shipped in to the country this year, with 30 distributed in Zanzibar, 65 in Dar es Salaam Region and the remainder in Morogoro Region.