Latter-day Saint Charities Updates

LDS Charities Specialist Empowers a Nigerian Mobility Nonprofit

An LDS Charities volunteer participates in leadership training with MAARDEC.

The Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre (MAARDEC), a Nigerian nonprofit organization, provides disabled individuals with a variety of physical and social services, including mobility aids such as wheelchairs. From January 19 to 21, 2016, MAARDEC conducted a training to help its leadership team enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of its wheelchair service.

The training was provided by David Jones, a physical therapist who specializes in international health care consulting and volunteers as a technical specialist for LDS Charities. During the three-day training, MAARDEC’s management team was invited to define the current state of their operations and what they would like to see in the future. Then Jones worked with them to develop a plan to achieve their goals.

Cosmas Okoli, the founder of MAARDEC and a wheelchair user himself, said, “[David] surpassed our expectations. We are very confident that the training he gave us will take our organization to the next level as we strive to serve our clients better.”