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Wheelchair Program 2017 - 2018
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Global Wheelchair Mission

The Global Wheelchair Mission is an alliance of independent organizations working together to deliver wheelchairs and mobility assistance to people worldwide.

Mission Partners are:

  • American Wheelchair Mission
  • Canadian Wheelchair Foundation
  • Wheelchair Foundation Great Britain and Ireland

Mission

The American Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit organization with a goal to deliver brand new, free wheelchairs and mobility aids to physically disabled children, teens and adults throughout the world who are without mobility or the means to acquire a wheelchair. With a strong focus on the needs of the Americas, the American Wheelchair Mission will continue to change the lives of entire families with the gifts of hope, dignity, freedom and independence.

Need

It is estimated that more than 100 million people throughout the world are in need of a wheelchair but cannot afford one. These people cannot be helped by canes, crutches, walkers or prosthetics. A wheelchair is their only hope for mobility.

On average, developing countries around the world have about three percent (3%) of their population physically disabled and unable to afford a wheelchair. In the 60 or so countries with civil unrest, landmine and unexploded ordnance problems the percentage of physically disabled can rise as high as Angola’s twenty percent (20%). Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia and Sierra Leone are not far behind. Colombia is the only country in the western hemisphere with landmines actively being planted by anti-government rebels, and has a growing problem. The reasons for physical disability include war, disease, accidents, lack of health care, aging and others.

The delivery of wheelchairs to physically disabled people allows children to go to school, adults to go to work and provide for their families and the elderly to get out of a bed they may have stayed in for years at a time. But a wheelchair does not only change the life of the recipient. We estimate an average of ten lives are improved by the delivery of each wheelchair. Families can attend worship services and social gatherings together; people who have crawled on the floor or ridden on a skateboard can now look family in the eye for the first time and feel dignity. The prayers of entire families are answered with the gift of a wheelchair.

Process

The brand new wheelchairs we deliver would sell for $500 in a medical supply store, but we purchase them by sea containers of 100 to 280 wheelchairs, deliver them directly to the country of destination and can do this for an average of only $150 per wheelchair.


Video 

Here is a link to the video shown by Josh Lewis from American Wheelchair Mission at the Summer Leadership Meeting: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1GArluab_4
Other Information

Programs
Habitat for Humanity
  • Devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing. Homes built using volunteer labor. A featured program of the Knights of Columbus.
  • Michone Preston, Director, email michone@habitatwa.org
American Wheelchair Mission
  • A partner of Global Wheelchair Mission. Global Wheelchair Mission distributes wheelchairs bought in bulk all around the world. A featured program of the Knights of Columbus.
  • Dan Moberg, Director,
Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Providing specially adapted smart homes, home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to the most severely wounded heroes & their families. R.I.S.E. Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment
  • website www.garysinisefoundation.org
Catholic Community Services Northwest Harvest
  • Providing nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity.
  • website www.northwestharvest.org
United Way of Washington Volunteer Centers of Washington
  • A state association for volunteer centers in counties around Washington, allowing anyone to find volunteer opportunities in their local area.
  • website www.volunteerwashington.org
Email webmaster@kofc-wa.org