Charity provides new limbs for Haiti earthquake victims

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EARTHQUAKE victims in Haiti will soon be walking again - thanks to an incredible charity founded and run in Grantham.

Trade Aid, set up by John Asher of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, will be helping those who lost limbs in last year’s earthquake by sending out boxes packed with items specifically requested to help with the manufacture of large numbers of artificial limbs.

The five specially created boxes are being sent out following a request from the charity Jaipur Limb, which helps give people in the poorest parts of the world artificial limbs. Each box will be sent to a different Jaipur Limb workshop in Haiti.

John Asher said: “Jaipur Limb is a charity that makes limbs from plastic piping and that kind of thing very, very cheaply.

“They have given us a list of the tools they want which are totally different to the tools in our other Trade Aid boxes.

“They are filled with specific tools for making artificial legs and arms. There are special tools for carving limbs and making knee caps and all kinds of things of that nature.

“It will allow people to lead a pretty normal life.”

The boxes are expected to be shipped out in the next few weeks with extra steps taken to make sure the vital equipment arrives safely where it is needed.

The president of Rotary International in Britain and Ireland, Ray Burman, visited Grantham on Wednesday and hailed the Trade Aid scheme.

He said: “Trade Aid was started right here in Grantham and what a wonderful project it is.

“I am sure it is something which will spread around the world because that is the strength of Rotary.”

Trade Aid aims to help communities to get back on their feet after a disaster. Boxes typically costs £399 a time to fill with equipment and are sent all over the world. Trade Aid has seven standard boxes - builder, carpenter, blacksmith, mechanic, tailor, teacher and handyman.

l If you would like to find out more or donate to Trade Aid, e-mail: info@trade-aid.org or log on to www.trade-aid.org