The U.S. Embassy partnered with New York-based Wheeling Forward and local partners The Oral Tradition ROOTS Foundation and RAMPS Logistics Limited to donate five wheelchairs to persons with disabilities. This is the second year in a row that the Embassy has partnered with Wheeling Forward to meet the critical need for wheelchairs in Trinidad and Tobago, and the partners have committed to increasing the frequency of donations to twice a year.
Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore presented the wheelchairs to activists Charlene Ford and Ricky Singh, who expressed gratitude for the contribution. Rudy Rampersad, Head of Regional Initiatives of Ramps Logistics and ROOTS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mtima Solwazi were also in attendance. RAMPS took on the cost and logistics of transporting the wheelchairs while ROOTS identified recipients and ensured they received suitable wheelchairs.
“Today, our commitment to the disability community continues with the handover of these wheelchairs donated through our partner Wheeling Forward,” Chargé d’Affairs Moore stated. “This project is a testimony to the great work we can do when the public and private sectors work with civil society for the benefit of marginalized communities, such as persons with disabilities.”