The need for wheelchairs in our world is staggering. In developing nations where poverty pervades, it is estimated that 100 million people are in dire need of a wheelchair yet lack the resources to obtain one. Already suffering from the pain, isolation and indignity of a physical disability, many of these people must endure further burdens, many are forced to live on the ground or to wait to be carried to meet their most basic of needs.
The causes are many...
Poverty, disease, malnutrition, armed conflict and lack of proper medical care are all major causes of disability in the developing world. Diseases eradicated in the developed world years ago are still prevalent elsewhere. Conflict is another contributing factor both in places where conflict is active and where the remnants (land mines, undetonated bombs, IEDs) are left behind. Poverty, however, is the biggest issue. Without money to seek medical attention simple injuries like broken bones that would be simple to fix in developed countries go untreated. Birth defects tend to be more common and home child delivery is more frequent which can have more complications during childbirth. Factors like access to clean water and a steady, nutritious diet also play a role.
But the solution is simple.
Our wheelchairs are simple, cost-effective and highly functional. They are designed with resources in mind and with the goal of providing the transforming gift of mobility to as many people as possible while still maintaining a standard of excellence. We partner with like-minded organizations to reach some of the most remote regions on the planet. And we do it for an astonishingly reasonable cost.
- Wheelchairs provide mobility, and mobility changes everything.
- Mobility means independence, the ability to participate in society and earn a living.
- It means dignity, leaving behind the days of living on the ground.
For $80 a wheelchair can be built, shipped and delivered across the world, lifting someone up off the ground and transforming a life for good.