The First Thing He Noticed From His Wheelchair

I’ll never forget that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I noticed a woman with a disability, crawling along a dusty road in Morocco, pulling herself forward with clawed fingertips as others made their way past her, kicking up dust with every hastened step. With her face that close to the ground, she … Continue reading The First Thing He Noticed From His Wheelchair

Empowering Lives Around The World From Indiana

Meet Ashley Caveda, a writer and digital marketer for a pro-bono legal clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a Free Wheelchair Mission ambassador for over five years. Ashley recently visited the Free Wheelchair Mission offices in Irvine, California, and shared why she chose to get involved: “When my younger brother James and I were … Continue reading Empowering Lives Around The World From Indiana

New Life, Second Chances, and Renewed Hope

Today is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and as I reflect on what this season means, a story from Nicaragua comes to mind. “Seven years ago, I was in a bar, drinking with friends,” recalled a young man named Juan Carlos. “There was a very violent argument during which a man drew … Continue reading New Life, Second Chances, and Renewed Hope

New Life at Eight

For many children around the world, an eighth birthday is cause for celebration, anticipated with anxious excitement months in advance. In Jamaica, however, a little boy named Antwon wasn’t so elated to turn eight. He faced his birthday with melancholy, just like he did the year before. “As young as Antwon is, he has had … Continue reading New Life at Eight

Any parent would have done the same

Trung is a 22-year-old university student in Vietnam. He was born with polio. For most of his life, Trung’s father, who works odd jobs at a local hotel while Trung’s mother works as the editor of a local newspaper, would carry Trung everywhere on his back, every day – even into Trung’s senior year of … Continue reading Any parent would have done the same

A Caregiver’s Story

Veronica, 70, lives in a modest home in South Africa. One night, almost ten years ago, she came home from her job as a domestic worker, exhausted and ready for an evening of rest, only to find an agitated crowd waiting for her. They had come out of concern for Veronica's four great-granddaughters. The youngest … Continue reading A Caregiver’s Story

Monthly Recap – September 2017

Greetings, Several weeks ago, a team returned from distributing wheelchairs in Peru, where they met a young woman named Nicole. Team member Sharon Lewis reports: “Like most other 18-year-olds, Nicole has a dream for her future: she wants to work with children. Nicole’s easygoing, patient style, and her confidence and wit, will bring great qualities … Continue reading Monthly Recap – September 2017

Help from Afar

People living with disabilities in developing nations often rely on family members to assist them, but what happens when there is no one around to help? Fifty-four-year-old Limin lives alone in a small town in China. In 1991, an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He had been using a wheelchair for part … Continue reading Help from Afar

Hope After Disaster

As of this writing, Hurricane Irma has just cut a path of destruction through the Caribbean, causing devastation unlike anything ever seen there before. Florida is bracing for the storm – one of the largest ever recorded in the Atlantic. This, just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with … Continue reading Hope After Disaster

Mohan gets a new wheelchair in Nepal.

Recovering from Disaster

Mohan, age 79, lives in Nepal with his wife, two sons, and daughter-in-law. In April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated the country, followed three weeks later by a 7.3 aftershock that inflicted further damage and casualties. Mohan's home was destroyed, and over the next few months, he suffered two strokes that rendered him immobile. … Continue reading Recovering from Disaster