At Free Wheelchair Misison, our mission is to provide the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities in developing nations as motivated by Jesus Christ. As our name suggests, the transforming gift most often comes in the shape of a wheelchair, but did you know we sometimes help provide mobility through other means?

Worldwide 150,000 to 200,000 babies are born with clubfoot each year, and 80% of those children are born in developing countries.

Bling Thi Aver was one of them. She was born in the mountainous area of Quang Nam, Vietnam, and surgery was financially impossible for her family; so she grew up with one foot inverted and facing behind her.

FWM’s has shipped over $2.3 million in donated medical supplies in the past three years. Surgeons at Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital put some of those supplies to use in 2013 when our partner Giving It Back to Kids arranged for Bling Thi Aver to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot.

Bling Thi pre-surgeryBling Thi post-surgery

And the operation was a phenomenal success! Now at 16 years old Bling Thi Aver can walk without pain—the gift of mobility transformed her life and renewed her dignity.

As she shared, “my feet are good and I am very thankful to the doctors and donors’ help that brought me a new future. I can walk and do everything I like.”

What a privilege it is to be able to provide mobility to those in need around the world, and thanks to your generosity we are providing it in more ways than one!


Don Schoendorfer

P.S. Our “Times Two” Gift Challenge continues through October 31. Every dollar you give will be multiplied x2—that’s twice the number of lives transformed. Will you take the challenge today?


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