Mivuyo Tyanase is a little boy who was born with Arthrogryposis*. Mivi has been part of Sabrina Love Foundation since he was 6 months old. He is now 9 years old. Mivi uses a power chair**, which we purchased for him as we were unable to get one through the health department.
Mivi, a Grade 4 pupil at Plettenberg Bay Primary School uses his power chair to access his new classroom. His classroom this year has an access point which is in the corridor- his current ramps are very long and are a safety concern for the other children in the school. We are currently looking at purchasing a shorter ramp that will be safe for Mivi to negotiate and not a hazard for his friends and fellow scholars.
His power chair is the only way for him to get around as he is not able to walk or use his arms successfully. He is a very bright little boy who’s attendance to mainstream school is made possible due to specialized technology.
His inclusion at home and at school is largely dependent on his ability to use his power chair and specialized school equipment
The batteries on his wheelchair are needing to be replaced as they no longer keep their charge. The printer that he uses in class is also not functioning and the cost to repair will be equivalent to purchasing a new one
Click on the following link to make a donation towards the purchase of a new battery pack for Mivi’s power chair or a new printer.
*Arthrogryposis, also called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), is a term used to describe a variety of conditions involving multiple joint contractures (or stiffness). A contracture is a condition where the range of motion of a joint is limited. (source https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org)
**A motorized wheelchair, powerchair, electric wheelchair or electric-powered wheelchair (EPW) is a wheelchair that is propelled by means of an electric motor (usually using differential steering) rather than manual power. Motorized wheelchairs are useful for those unable to propel a manual wheelchair or who may need to use a wheelchair for distances or over terrain which would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair. (Source wikipedia)