In Africa, approximately 80 million people are disabled, accounting for 10% of the population but possibly as high as 20% in poorer regions. The majority of the time, people with disabilities are shut out of the community, employment opportunities, and even schools. They consequently lead the poorest of the poor lives. Because they are viewed as being worthless or a curse to the community, they are subject to social stigma, discrimination, and even death.
Most of us take basic medical services for granted, but for many people in developing countries, access to even the most basic medical equipment can be a life-or-death matter. For people with disabilities, the situation is even more dire. Wheelchairs, crutches and other medical equipment can provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in their communities, attend school, and even get jobs. This can help them to become self-sufficient, which is an important step towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
In addition to the obvious benefit of providing mobility, donating a used wheelchair or crutches can also help to reduce the burden of care on family members. Many disabled people in Africa rely on family members to help them with everyday tasks. By providing them with the means to move around independently, they are able to take part in activities that would otherwise be impossible.
Used wheelchairs, sent to people who need them, allowing them the freedom and mobility that would otherwise be impossible.