On April 16, 2011, Deseret International Charities (Deseret) announced the donation of 250 wheelchairs to the people of Mongolia.
For this donation, Deseret is partnering with the Social Welfare Service Department who will distribute 200 of these wheelchairs to disabled people in Mongolia’s 21 aimags. The National Rehabilitation Center provided training for the directors of the Social Welfare Service Department from all 21 aimags in Mongolia.
Priority for wheelchairs will be given to low-income disabled people.
Since 2004, Deseret International Charities has donated 4,250 wheelchairs to the people of Mongolia.
Richard O. Lasson, Executive Director of Deseret International Charities, said, “It’s a great pleasure to be able to assist the disabled people of Mongolia by providing these wheelchairs. These wheelchairs are a free gift from Deseret International Charities and there is no cost to the recipients or to their families for the wheelchairs or for transportation of the wheelchairs. We hope these wheelchairs will be a blessing in the lives of these people. We only ask that if these wheelchairs are no longer needed, they be donated to someone who can use them. We appreciate the fine work being done by the Social Welfare Service Department and the National Rehabilitation Center for the disabled people here in Mongolia.”