News Release

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins forces with the Red Cross to provide wheelchairs in Belize

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Red Cross personnel came together in one of the Church's chapels to assemble and fit wheelchairs, as well as other mobility devices, to benefit 365 citizens of Belize.

Fourteen volunteers from the Church and Red Cross joined forces starting Monday, May 8 to Friday 12 to be trained in how to assemble active and all-terrain wheelchairs and fit them to their intended user. Users were taught about transfers, balance, 90-90-90 posture. The instruction was very interactive, with students teaching and assessing each other. In small groups, students were able to practice each of the skills taught. The training included material from the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP).

The donation consisted in:

  • 349 wheelchairs of different models (standard, Active and SUV)
  • Repair kits
  • Other devices such as: adult walkers, crutches, and canes.

Marshall Nunez who is Disability Desk Coordinator for Minister of Human Development in Belize spoke with Church representatives regarding the need for follow up reports on wheelchair recipients. Mr. Nunez was very grateful for this project and hopeful for future relationships with LDS Charities.

This project, as well as the others, seeks to ensure that through qualified personnel from the Red Cross, the beneficiaries are correctly evaluated and assigned a wheelchair that fits their body and the activities they carry out, to strengthen the capabilities, mobility, and independence of users.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” and “thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).

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