Confident and Free After 30 Years, Thanks to You

The Quang Nam Province is one of the most forested provinces of Vietnam, with more than half of its area covered in lush woodland. Here, 52-year old Van lives with his younger sister in the village of Thanh Van, where he owns a small grocery store. Thirty years ago, while working in the forest, Van … Continue reading Confident and Free After 30 Years, Thanks to You

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Monthly Recap – January 2018

Wheelchair Arrivals Because of your generosity, 3,968 wheelchairs arrived by ocean container in Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, and Vietnam. Test Track Installation Complete Developed in partnership with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and RPM & Associates, this test track will provide valuable data that will ultimately benefit the people … Continue reading Monthly Recap – January 2018

Because of You, They Haven’t Been Forgotten

Salome is a kind, gentle woman in her late eighties. She lives in a rural part of Costa Rica with her daughter, Rupertina, her son-in-law, and her granddaughter. With limited economic opportunities in the area, Rupertina has long struggled to help support the family while taking care of her mother, who broke her hip in … Continue reading Because of You, They Haven’t Been Forgotten

Transforming Generations

Khuong is a single mother who lives with her 14-year-old son in a small town in Vietnam. She has always been outgoing and loving, taking every opportunity to connect with the people around her. When Khuong was 52, she suffered a stroke that paralyzed one side of her body, leaving her unable to stand, walk, … Continue reading Transforming Generations

Determined to Overcome the Pain

Last year, when I traveled to Peru with a film crew from The Visionaries, we were introduced to a young woman named Maleny. Maleny, 26, loves children. She had been working at her dream job, teaching 1st through 6th graders at an elementary school in Lima, when a mysterious, agonizing pain seized her body. Unable … Continue reading Determined to Overcome the Pain

Have you seen it yet?

In 2017, a documentary titled Because No One Should Have to Crawl was produced by a talented team of filmmakers for the PBS television series, Visionaries. This powerful film documents and celebrates the distribution of our one-millionth wheelchair, capturing a special moment in a moving, memorable way. Special screenings were held at events around the … Continue reading Have you seen it yet?

Restoring Joy in Ecuador

We received an encouraging report from Isabel Valdez de Escala of Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil (JBG), one of our distribution partners in Ecuador, where you have helped send 21,460 wheelchairs to date. One of them is a girl named Jennifer, the fourth of five children born in a suburb of Guayaquil, the largest, most … Continue reading Restoring Joy in Ecuador