Because of you, five containers of wheelchairs arrived in China, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam, and will soon provide wheelchairs to 2,596 individuals who are living with disabilities.
Our CEO Visits Invacare Europe
Free Wheelchair Mission CEO Nuka Solomon (above, right) visited Invacare Europe in France, along with our wheelchair project leader, Grégoire Leblanc. These meetings regarding our continued collaboration on wheelchair design and supply chain helped strengthen our relationship with this philanthropic partner of the last few years.
"The Story Behind Our Stories” Webinar
Pastor Moisés Aráuz (above; top right) of Metanoia Missions, our distribution partner in Nicaragua, joined us for our November webinar, "The Story Behind Our Stories."
Moisés offered an intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get wheelchairs to those who need them in remote areas--and what it takes to capture these stories to share with us all.
In case you missed it, you can watch a replay of the webinar here.
Recipient Story from Nicaragua
Miguel (22), and his sister, Maria (23), both live with disabilities.
For a family to have one child with a disability was seen by some in their community as a curse from God, so a family having two children with disabilities must be doubly cursed—which we know is not true, but is what some people believed.
Thus, Miguel would never leave the confines of their corrugated metal shack, kept hidden from sight due to the stigma surrounding disability.
But this isn't the end of his story. Read more of Miguel's story here.
Two New Members Join Our Board
Free Wheelchair Mission is proud to welcome Felix Lin, CFA, and Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie, PhD, to our board of directors.
“Felix Lin and Dr. Komabu-Pomeyie each bring a wealth of experience and a passion for our mission that will significantly enhance our board,” said Stuart Rattray, chair of Free Wheelchair Mission's board of directors. “Felix Lin has been a strong supporter over these past 10 years, and we are grateful for his financial expertise. Dr. Komabu-Pomeyie has been a longtime advocate for people living with disabilities and we are blessed to have her support and guidance.”
Read more about these exciting additions in this press release.
Alternative Christmas Fairs
Free Wheelchair Mission Christmas and Holiday Cards were offered at alternative Christmas fairs and churches including First Presbyterian Fullerton, Chino Valley Community Church, La Jolla Community Church, Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, and Yorba Linda Presbyterian Church.
For more information about our Christmas and Holiday Cards, visit this page.