Do you remember the young boy you saw on your visit to Kalehe who was unable to walk and, unless he was carried, had to shuffle about on his bottom. You were very upset and despairing of his situation. Last year we brought him in to Heri Kwetu (Handicap centre) for assessment. He stayed there, with his grandmother, for over a month and these pictures were taken at the end of his stay.
When he arrived he was in very poor condition and had to be treated for worms, malaria etc. I didn’t take any photos at that time because he looked miserable and was dressed in rags. After this initial treatment he was fitted with plastic shells/braces to support his legs. Heri Kwetu waived cost of all board, food and treatment in recognition of the work I do for them. I was very thankful as the organisation is struggling for funding and have had to dismiss workers (including all those in the sewing workshop). Many in the hospitality/tourist industry here in Bukavu have lost jobs because aid organisations pulled their workers out fearing unrest at then end of last year when the elections were blocked. So Heri Kwetu have fewer visitors to buy their handcrafts.