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Jacaranda school makes prosthetic arms

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Learners from Jacaranda School of Orphans in Blantyre are being drilled on how to make prosthetic hands by learners from Ridley College in Canada.

The prosthetic hands will be distributed all over the world especially in war torn countries.

Ridley College head of delegation, Robert Burke, said the project is helping people all over the world who have challenges in their lives after losing a hand.

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“The prosthetic hands are giving people who lose their hands in wars, accidents or sicknesses all over the world, a lease of hope as they are able to do what they can only do with both hands,” he said.

Burke said he involves learners at Ridley College and High School where he teaches to instill a sense of social responsibility in them.

Luc Deschamps, Executive Director for Jacaranda School of Orphans, lauded the project saying it will help learners at the school understand that despite coming from impoverished backgrounds, they can help others.

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“It is important that they know that they cannot always be the ones receiving but they can also give. The prosthetic hands they are making will help people all over the world even here in Malawi,” he said.

Chifundo Mawindo one of the learners at Jacaranda School of Orphans described the exercise as exciting.

“We have very little but we can still help others. For example, a person with one had can have problems riding a bicycle but these hands help a lot. It means together we can change the world,” she said.

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