Friday Story: Free like the Butterflies

Greetings , and Happy Friday!

Freedom is defined as living without physical restraints and is something we desire for each of our recipients. We want them to have freedom from the despair of living without mobility and freedom to live their lives to the fullest. This week I want to tell you about a boy from India, and how his brand new wheelchair brought him freedom:

Sobin_correctsizeAfter 8 long years of hoping, Sobin’s parents finally had the child they so desperately desired, but they were saddened by the hardships their child would face because he was born with cerebral palsy. Despite their fears, Sobin’s parents were persistent and worked hard to provide a healthy and happy home while teaching him how to become self-reliant. With these goals in mind, they sent him to a specialized school that would help him continue to grow through assisted physiotherapy and various types of training. He struggled each step of the way but was finally able to overcome his physical challenges when he received his FWM wheelchair.

Sobin couldn’t stop smiling as he was he was placed into his Gen_1 wheelchair. His parents are so excited about the new possibilities for their son now that he has the freedom to get around on his own. Sobin is overjoyed at being more active and engaged—he asks his friends, “Look – do you find any difference between those butterflies and me now?”

Thank you for your generosity and help bringing freedom into Sobin’s life and into the lives of others like him!

Blessings,

Don Schoendorfer

Special Delivery Report: 2,200 Wheelchairs Arrived this Week!

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Happy Thursday! 2,200 wheelchairs arrived this week: 1,100 in India, 550 in China and 550 in Vietnam.

Disability Stats in China

  • 6.4% of the population lives with some type of disability
  • of the 6.4% – 55% is male, 45 % is female
  • 62% of the disabled live in a
  • 2.5% of the disabled population is between the age of 6-14
  • We have been distributing to China since 2003
  • Since 2003 we have distributed 64,720 wheelchairs
  • Since January 2014 we have distributed 3,300 wheelchairs to China

Friday Story: Community x2

Greetings , and Happy Friday!

It is so exciting to hear stories from our distribution partners about recipients that have been able to become more involved with their community after receiving the gift of mobility. Lilian’s story is unique because she used her wheelchair as an opportunity to become involved with the community and help others at the same time:

Born in Uganda, Lilian was diagnosed with polio as a young child and lost the use of one of her legs. For most of her childhood and adolescence Lilian was able to use a walking stick to move around, but as she grew older, her healthy leg could no longer support her, forcing her to crawl from place to place. Wife and mother of four, she continued to work hard to help put food on the table, despite her setbacks.

A huge burden was lifted when Lilian received her FWM Gen_1 wheelchair,—with her new found mobility, she is able to get to and from work without having to pay for transportation, allowing her to spend more time and resources on her family and her school, empowering others to care for themselves.

Supporting others with disabilities, Lilian teaches classes in sewing and craft-making providing others with disabilities a way to financially support themselves and their families. She solicits funds to help supply the school, constantly advocating for people with disabilities.

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Lilian has a passion for the community of individuals living with disabilities around her. Thank you for helping provide her with mobility so that she can help others become self-reliant!

The  FWM_x2_Text_Cropped_REDUCED ends tonight at midnight. MULTIPLY your impact before it’s too late. You can still help someone like Lilian be lifted off the ground. Please don’t wait!

Special Delivery: 2,750 Wheelchair Arrive this Week!

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Happy Thursday! 2,750 wheelchairs arrived this week: 550 in Honduras, 1,100 in India and 1,100 in Mexico.

Disability Stats in Mexico

  • Approximately 2% of the population in Mexico lives with a disability
  • Between the ages of 15-29,15% of those living with disabilities are are educated
  • Free Wheelchair Mission has been delivering wheelchairs since 2003
  • Since then, we have delivered 15,645 wheelchairs
  • Since January, we have delivered (our largest amount in the calendar year) 4,095 wheelchairs

Special Delivery Report: 550 Wheelchairs have Arrived!

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Happy Thursday! 550 wheelchairs arrived in Vietnam this week.

Disability Stats for Vietnam:

  • An estimated 6.6% of Vietnam is currently living with disability
  • Of that percentage 54% is elderly, 8% is children under the age of 18
  • 10% of people living with disabilities became disabled due to the Vietnam War.
  • FWM has been sending wheelchairs to Vietnam since 2004
  • Since then, we have distributed over 113,000 wheelchairs
  • Since January, we have shipped 14,880 wheelchairs to Vietnam!

Friday Story: Community x2

Greetings , and Happy Friday!

Our wheelchairs often provide more than just the gift of mobility. In this week’s Friday Story, Guillermo also received the gift of community:

Guillermo wanted to be part of his community, but his lack of mobility forced him to remain close to home. All of this changed two months ago when Camino de Vida, our partner in Peru, gave him his very own FWM wheelchair and invited him to their church. And this past Sunday, he finally made it! 

When the team recognized him, they asked him how he was enjoying his new wheelchair. “It’s like I have come back to life,” he said, “like I can walk again.” And even more important, during the church service, he raised his hand for salvation and signed up for the New Believers Class.

In a single day, Guillermo’s life was changed forever―the wheelchair lifted him off the ground and now Guillermo has the opportunity to be surrounded by others and is excited to be part of a church community. Thank you for helping Guillermo’s dreams come true.

Transformations like these are happening every day because of your generosity. Thank you for helping our recipients live fuller lives with the gift of mobility.

Don’t forget! Today is the LAST DAY of the. You can MULTIPLY your impact   and help others just like Guillermo be lifted off the ground!

Blessings,

Don Schoendorfer

Friday Story: Employment x2

Greetings and Happy Friday!

Most of us take having a job for granted. Many people with disabilities in the developing world never get the opportunity to work and earn a living due to their limited mobility. This week, I would like to tell you the story of a young man in Uganda who struggled all of his life, but still holds on to his dreams.

Yusuf is 17 years old and was only able to attend primary school for a few years because of his limited mobility. Even with his limitations, he found ways to help around the house so he wouldn’t be a burden on his family. He would crawl out to the main road near their home and sell vegetables that his parents grew and in the evenings he helped his father and brother make clothing they could sell.

Yusuf’s life changed dramatically when he received his FWM wheelchair. He has been able to gain employment outside of the home that pays him much more, allowing him to buy the family a nicer home. With his newfound independence, he hopes to start his own business selling old fish nets and believes that the vegetable business will continue to grow.

Yusuf was determined to work, despite his struggles. But, with his wheelchair and the freedom of mobility, his employment opportunities grew exponentially. Thank you for your support of our mission and for helping recipients, like Yusuf, build better lives.

Transformations like these are happening every day because of your generosity. Thank you for helping our recipients live fuller lives with the gift of mobility.

The is ending October 31st, so be sure to MULTIPLY your impact before it’s too late!

Blessings,

Don Schoendorfer