Polio survivor Ayuba Gufwan got around by crawling on his hands until his teens, when his uncle built him the wheelchair that allowed him to go to school and become a teacher.
In 2004, Gufwan, a member of the Rotary Club of Naraguta, Nigeria, helped found Wheelchairs for Nigeria, which provides free hand-pedaled wheelchairs to polio survivors like him.
George Camp, governor of District 7230 (Bermuda; part of New York, USA), snapped this image in Kano on a day when 30 people received their wheelchairs, which are made with bicycle parts.
“This girl was very shy, but when she got her wheelchair she just lit up, and I was lucky enough to catch a photo of her,” Camp says.
A tour of the factory, in the town of Jos, inspired him to donate to the effort. “It’s important to remember how far our money goes in these countries, and how important our contributions are to them and to The Rotary Foundation.”
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on 3 December.