The The Wheelchair Foundation, a division of Global Health and Education Foundation,
a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, has a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child,
teen and adult worldwide who needs one but has no means to acquire one.
A Great Humanitarian Passes...
Photo: 2001 wheelchair distribution with Nelson Mandela at his home in Pertoria.
We would like to join the world in mourning the loss of a great humanitarian, Mr. Nelson Mandela.
His contributions to Africa and the world should stand as inspiration for others. His great kindness will be missed.
Typhoon Haiyan Mobility Relief
Devastation: People among debri and ruins of houses in the city of Tacloban.
The full extent of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is coming to light as Filipinos work to recover from this natural disaster. It is estimated that more than 4 million people have been displaced as a result of the destruction caused by this storm. The Philippine armed forces as well as international aid agencies are struggling to meet demand for essential services for those in need, and efforts are underway around the world to provide additional assistance.
Wheelchair Foundation is working to provide wheelchairs to first responders as they treat the injured, replace damaged and destroyed equipment, and provide basic mobility to those in need. We are currently collecting funds to supply wheelchairs to hospitals in the Tacloban and Leyte areas, as well as to provide wheelchairs to individuals in temporary relief camps which have been erected to house those displaced by the storm.
We ask that you please consider supporting this effort to assist our Filipino brothers and sisters in need. Every contribution goes toward providing wheelchairs to Filipinos in need of mobility. Every donation provides much needed relief to those suffering through this great tragedy. Wheelchair Foundation has provided more than 10,000 wheelchairs, free of charge, to the people of the Philippines over the last decade. Let’s continue to help them now, when they need our assistance the most!
Click here to donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Mobility Relief.
Change a Life For The Price of One Cup of Coffee a Week
Across the United States people need wheelchairs. For the price of one cup of coffee a week you can be the one to change a persons life. Will you be the one?
Did you know: According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) it is estimated that 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide everyday? Now imagine if just a small percentage of those cups of coffee were skipped and the cost of that cup went to providing hope, mobility and freedom to those that need it but can't afford it.
The World Helth Organization says "The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities. An estimated 1% of the world's population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair. In most developing countries, few of those who need wheelchairs have access, production facilities are insufficient and wheelchairs are often donated without the necessary related services. Providing wheelchairs that are appropriate, well-designed and fitted not only enhances mobility, but also opens up a world of education, work and social life for those in need of such support."
Join our effort to provide mobility for as little as $0.42 cents a day. Only $12.50 a month is all it takes to change the life of someone forever. Won't you become ONE of those that will make a difference?
Click here to make your donation today.
Students Get a Glimpse of Life In a Wheelchair
Students learing hands on the difficulty of getting around in a wheelchair.
Understanding the difficulty of getting around in a wheelchair has been a hands-on lesson for students at Montevideo Elementary.
Last week, Montevideo Elementary’s physical education classes were a little different from norm: rather than ball being played on the courts, wheelchair obstacle courses became the main activity.
The school participated in the Wheelchair Foundation program, a charity organization rgar raises money for wheelchair distribution worldwide while fostering perspective to younger students who live without disabilities.
“For us it’s a whole different world,” said fifth-grader Shrena Sudhakar, 10, who participated in the program. Schools across San Ramon, Danville, Alamo and Pleasanton participated in the fundraiser this year.
To continue reading this great story that was published in the San Ramon Patch, click here.
Quake Survivor Gives Back to El Salvador
Rotarians along with Hector Manley provide Jesus, a 47yr old man w/ a neuromuscular disease a wheelchair.
In July of 2013, a group of 40 Americans, including Rotarians from Ohio and Florida and 20 local Rotarians, traveled to El Salvador. They paid a visit to a small community of 145 people called El Milagro (The Miracle), two hours from San Salvador. The purpose was to visit a Rotary project and discuss several new proposed projects for the community.
While there, the group came across a 47 year old man with a neuromuscular disease named Jesus. He was unable to move by himself, and spent his time in an old chair, repairing phones. The Rotarians had one wheelchair in their bus, and quickly went to retrieve it. Fortuitous or pre-destined, Jesus’s life was changed forever.
To read the rest of this amazing story, click here.
A Flight Of Honor And Of Meaning
A WWII Veteran and volunteer stop for a picture at the Washington D.C. Memorial.
On Saturday May 11, 2013 a group of nearly 80 veterans from North Florida and South Georgia took a day trip to Washington D.C. to visit national monuments that have been symbols of a thank you for the sacrifices they have made for their country. Over the years Wheelchair Foundation has donated several hundred wheelchairs to different Honor Flights chapters throughout the US.
Click HERE to read the accounts of one of the veterans that made this memorable journey.