40 year old Princely Nchamukong living with mobility impairment almost burst into tears when the Community Based Rehabilitation field worker of the CBC Health Services for Mezam Division Mr Njego Clarence made his entrance with a tricycle in the resident of Princely.
Princely who is resident in Mile 4 explained in an interview that his disability began at the age of 7 year when he suddenly could not walk and all efforts made by his parents to reverse the situation went in vain.
Accepting his situation Princely grew up with his disability and after acquiring his First School Living Certificate (FSLC), he enrolled in a trade which helped him to build a career in Art work and shoe mending.
In his journey of life Principle says in accessibility of the environment and infrastructure in Cameroon has made movement very challenging for him which is affecting his quality of life given that his movements are limited. He says without a device to facilitate movement he is very dependent on his wife and neighbors to buy his basic materials for his workshop and other necessities. With his disability, transporting himself from one part of town to another is expensive as he can pay 700frs from Mile 4 to Commercial avenue he lamented.
Princely articulated that he found hope when he got in contact with the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SEEPD) Program through its Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Field worker who made an assessment of his needs and developed a rehabilitation plan He noted that during his meeting with the CBR Supervisor Mr Kenchi Joseph had an understanding on his future plans concerning his business given that he owns a workshop where he does art work and shoe mending
In line with the objectives of the SEEPD Program which is to improve on the quality of life for persons with disability, the CBR Supervisor sourced for a tricycle which to facilitate movement for Princely while the program will progressively work on improving other aspects of his life.
Friday 11th 2018 was therefore a truing point in the area of movement for Princely as he watched with tears of joy the CBR field carry the tricycle into his resident. A gesture which Princely says he never had dreamt for.
After explaining to him the objective of the SEEPD Program , Mr Njego Clarance said it is the wish of the SEEPD Program to create an enabling environment for people with disability so that they can be independent like others in the society reason why the program was quick in its respond to his movement challenges .Mr Njego gave him orientation on how he will use the tricycle in order to avoid other disability like back pain .
Short of words of appreciations, Princely showered the blessings of God on the SEEPD Program and its funders starting in that his quality of life will greatly improved giving that with the tricycle he will now be able to go and buy materials for his shop, go to church, meetings, and socialize in the society without depending on any one in the community Like Oliver twist he said being a father and mother to him from that date onward, it is his wish that the SEEPD Program will improve other aspect of his life. He concluded that with the tricycle it will also be of benefit to his wife and two children given that they too will gain much time to do their own things
It should be noted that Princely is just one amongst the many that the SEEPD Program is putting smiles on their faces and giving them hope.