Wheelchair Arrivals

February 2023

Your generosity sent eight containers of wheelchairs to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eswatini, India, Nicaragua, and Uganda in February. Soon, 4,032 lives will be transformed by the gift of mobility in these places, thanks to friends like you.

Presenting at a Global Conference

February 10

Regional Program Manager Tess Stansbury (above) presented at the 2023 Virtual Global African Disability Conference, hosted by the African Association of Disability and Self Advocacy Organizations. The conference highlighted strategies for engaging and building partnerships with organizations of people with disabilities in Africa.

Training Partners in South Sudan

February 14-16

Regional Program Coordinators James Keitany (above, right) and Thatiana Morataya led a successful remote training session for our network of distribution partners in South Sudan. All of our partners receive training on how to assemble our wheelchairs, assess potential recipients, adjust the wheelchairs for a custom fit, and train recipients on correct wheelchair use.

Visiting a Partner in Honduras

February 21

Regional Program Coordinator Thatiana Morataya (top row; second from left) visited our distribution partner Food For the Poor-CEPUDO in Honduras to assess their wheelchair program, ensure that our wheelchairs are being safely provided, and identify areas for ongoing capacity building.

Kids Transforming Lives in Hours

February 23

Lindsay Binder is a teacher and Free Wheelchair Mission ambassador in Louisiana. When her students at Saint Margaret Mary School heard about the need for mobility around the world, they wanted to do something to help. They set up a stand to sell lemonade and brownies, raising enough money for five wheelchairs in just two hours!

Would anyone you know like to start a lemonade stand fundraiser? Download printable signs and posters here.

High School Leadership Presentation

February 28

For her high school leadership class, senior Trinity Vasquez (above, left, with Don Schoendorfer and her father, Todd, at a recent conference) highlighted Free Wheelchair Mission in a presentation she gave on her passion for entrepreneurship and giving.

Students of all ages are some of our most passionate supporters. For ways that schools can get involved, visit this page.