Since receiving a wheelchair this year, with the help of ChildFund Laos and the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Mai and her family’s lives have been transformed.
For Mai’s parents, the wheelchair means they do not miss work and can continue to earn an income to feed their family.
“My family and I have been so happy since I got this wheelchair,” Mai says. “Whenever my parents are busy, my brother can use this wheelchair to take me to school.”
For Mai, there is a newfound sense of freedom and independence. She feels her future is bright and full of potential.
“This wheelchair is the best gift that I have prayed for,” she says. “It is like my friend and it gives me a good childhood like other children have.
“I can now go to the toilet and have meals by myself and go out to play with friends.
“I will use this wheelchair to take myself to success in the future, especially through education, and I won’t be a burden to my family.”