Happy Thursday! 2,200 wheelchairs arrived in Asia this week: 550 arrived in the Philippines, 550 in India and 1,100 in Vietnam.
Disability Stats in the Philippines
- An Estimated 1.57% of people living in the Philippines live with disability
- Age 10-14 was the age group with the largest percentage of disabled individuals
- We have been providing wheelchairs to the Philippines since 2004
- We have been able to distribute 40,150 wheelchairs
- This year alone, we have been able to distribute 6,050 wheelchairs
1,100 wheelchairs arrived this week: 550 to Peru and 550 to Vietnam!
Disability Stats for Peru
- 13% of the population is currently living with disability
- This number doens’t include those in some areas of the Amazonia and Andean regions where disability is often looked at as a family problem and proof that they have done something wrong to deserve it
- It is believed that the percentage of people living with disabilities has increased over 10% in the past 5 years
- We have been sending wheelchairs to Peru since 2002
- Since 2002 we have sent 54,032 wheelchairs
Happy Thursday! 550 wheelchairs arrived in India this week!!
We have already shared some great stats about India. If you are interested, you can click here.
Greetings and Happy Friday!
Mobility is our number one goal when giving the gift of a wheelchair to someone in need. We want that individual to be lifted off the ground and able to move around when and where they want. This week I want to tell you about Mark—he is from Zambia, and the gift of mobility changed his life.
Here is his story:
Mark dreamed of the day when he would be able to play and explore with his friends. For the past 14 years he has been completely dependent on his family and friends for everything—to meet even his basic needs.He spent his life crawling on the ground to get around or waiting for someone to carry him wherever he needed to go.
The day he was given his very own wheelchair, Mark was elated! “This wheelchair will allow me to go to school and play with my friends” he told our team. He also told us how he often admired his friends who would be sent to the market on errands as he had never been able to join or help out his family in this way—now he gets to run errands for his parents! He is excited to get back in school and be a part of the community around him. It is no longer stories told to him; now, he is able to be a part of the story and share his experiences with others. “It is a dream-come-true” Mark excitedly explained.
Mobility is such a beautiful gift and something we are so glad to be giving every day through our wheelchairs. Right now, with the help of the
, you can multiply your impact today through October 31st. Thank you
for everything you are doing to make dreams come true through the gift of mobility!
Happy Thursday! We have had nearly 4,000 wheelchair land in ports all around the world this week: 550 in Peru, 550 in India, 550 in Gabon, 550 in El Salvador, 550 in Rwanda and 1,100 in Zambia.
Did you know?
- Between the varying types of disability and varying levels at which people are affected, approximately 14% of those living in Zambia are disabled in some way
- Of the different types of disability, mobile disability topped this list at approximately 9% of the population
- There are approximately 14,075,000 living in Zambia
- Based upon the statistic above that means nearly 200,000 people have reported living with some form of disability
- Those who are living in Zambia with a disability often face social isolation as well as physical barriers such as access to public buildings and being apart of the community by attending school and receiving healthcare
What are we doing in Zambia?
- So far we have distributed 11,020 wheelchairs
- We have been distributing chairs there since 2004
- This year so far we have given 1,650 wheelchairs away
Thank you for helping us change lives everyday with the gift of mobility!
Check back in tomorrow for a Friday Story from Zambia.