Wheelchairs for Ivory Coast, Africa

Through a four-year collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's (UNL) Rotaract Club, Rotary 14 has raised over $18,000 to send 120 wheelchairs to Ivory Coast, Africa. Rotary 14 collaborates with the National Disabilities Association in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where qualified recipients with disabilities, including polio, will be selected and notified. The wheelchairs are on their way to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and are expected to arrive this year (2021). 

The inspiration behind the project is Konan Blaise, known as ‘Koko,’ who was a member of UNL Rotaract and a Fulbright recipient at UNL. When Koko’s path crossed with Rotary 14 member and UNL Rotaract advisor Keith Larsen, Koko’s vision to help others in a similar situation became a reality through the Wheelchair Project. 

Koko, a polio survivor and an overall victor, received his wheelchair during his undergraduate years. Before Koko received his wheelchair, his mother carried him every day to go to school. When it was too heavy for her, Koko learned to walk with a stick to balance and move. One wheelchair led Koko to achieve his dream.

Koko believes in living life to the fullest through giving back to the community. If one wheelchair changes one life, Koko realized more wheelchairs would provide for many to achieve greater independence and opportunities in life.

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Rotary 14 would like to thank the generous donors from Rotary Clubs in Lincoln and surrounding areas, local organizations, and the continued support and generosity of Rotarians from our Club.

About Rotaract
Rotaract is an international youth program that brings people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas and develop innovative solutions through community service projects. Rotaract Clubs worldwide take part in international service projects in a global effort to address the world’s challenges, bring peace, and raise international understanding of the world.

UNL Rotaract is sponsored by Rotary 14. Please email shburkey@gmail.com to get involved, ask questions, or suggest future collaborations.