East Texans helping disabled children in Africa

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The job East Texas students did Tuesday will make a world of difference for kids in Africa.

LeTourneau University students and Christian Heritage School students tested the wheelchairs to find out how much energy it would take a child to use a wheelchair. The school is currently working on a project to get the chairs to disabled children in Kenya.

"We're really excited about this project because for a little bit of effort going over to Joy Town for three summers and taking this data can impact the lives of kids around the globe because these wheel chairs are given out all around the world," said Karen Rispin, an associate professor of biology.

"We're going to carry it over to Kenya, and test it on it's durability the efficiency...and just how well the kids can work with it," said Rachel Follingstad, LETU junior.

After Tuesday's tests, students will look at any modifications that need to be made before the chairs are taken to Kenya this summer.

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