‘To the children of South Africa, with love from Israel’

Thanks to technology and social media, we really are able to keep in touch with good friends on Skype, Facetime and, yes, even Facebook. But nothing beats a cup of coffee and a good chat in person.

By BENITA LEVIN
March 7, 2018 17:52
3 minute read.
Wheelchairs of Hope: Putting wheels in motion to change people’s lives

Wheelchairs of Hope: Putting wheels in motion to change people’s lives. (photo credit: BENITA LEVIN)

MEET KWEZI, a seven-year-old boy from Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

His huge, dark eyes and shy smile will melt your heart. Kwezi’s life changed forever this month, when he was given a brightly colored wheelchair during a moving ceremony, organized by the WIZO Chana Aviv branch in Durban, the city in which I grew up. His grandmother says up until now, he has spent much of his free time indoors at home, because it’s too difficult for an adult to carry him for too long. He chose a red wheelchair, because it’s his favorite color! (There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.) Within minutes, Kwezi was navigating his way around the room, clearly proud of the way he was maneuvering around in his funky new wheelchair.

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