In my travels to rural Kenya, I participated in donating more wheelchairs, crutches, and prosthetic limbs to children in outlying villages. I also sponsored additional cataract operations as part of our ongoing involvement with the rural eye clinics. I was delighted that one of our main sponsors, Mr. Pejuta and his girlfriend, Susan, decided to accompany me on this trip.
Although we have donated prosthetic limbs to victims of war in Sri Lanka in the past, this is the first time we have donated prostheses on the African Continent. In earlier visits, I had noticed the need for these devices, and got a request list from the rehabilitation Centers in the remote district of Makuvani. These children, disabled for various reasons, either had no such devices or were using primitive, locally made braces to walk. For me, meeting these children was a very moving experience as I witnessed their daily pain and struggle. How little it takes to relieve them of suffering and give them hope. I am so grateful to the generous supporters of the Triple Gem Society and our humanitarian projects.
To a person who has lost a limb, a prosthetic device can go a long way toward feeling whole again. In the past we have been able to help several such people by donating prosthetic limbs to victims of war in Sri Lanka.