Dec 8, 2017

Social change starts from changing ourselves!

Social Awareness gatherings
Social Awareness gatherings

Dear all Alhassan Foundation’s friends, believers & supporters,

We are proud to tell you that we are effectively changing minds and facing stereotypes. Changing preconceived ideas & inherited beliefs that are acquired through generations is the most challenging in any society. Social awareness is crucial in our societies to fight prejudges and stereotype. Not only that, but also we are keenly working on resisting discrimination against people with physical challenges, and promote diversity.

During the past few months your contribution helped us to organize several gatherings and events to help wheelchair users meet with each other in several social gatherings. These social gathering included introducing all of our projects to the newly joiners to choose from them what suit their case, needs, and skills, and we got to decide upon their eligibility. Also, we are planning to organize support groups among wheelchair users so they can pass on their knowledge & experiences and learn from each other.

We at Alhassan Foundation empower humans with physical challenges to lead a dignified life of vitality & productivity that inspires all the Egyptians & Arabs. Last October we had one of our successful social gatherings to welcome new members from wheelchair users. They got a chance to meet old members and talk about their challenges as well as successes. As a matter of fact, the lady who organized this event used to be an introvert girl. After her spinal cord injury, she felt insecure and she was afraid of getting out of her home or meeting people. Yet after she joined Alhassan Foundation she became self-confident, and built lots of friendships with her peers. She volunteered to be the main organizer of our latest event in Ismailia, Egypt. She was a real success!

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. We urge you to continue supporting our cause and stay loyal donors to our cause through subscribing to a monthly recurring donation option. That will help wheelchair users in Egypt be more confident and accomplished. Please visit our Facebook page to read other success stories:

https://www.facebook.com/AlhassanFDN/

Thank you for believing in the differently abled. :)

Empowering Wheelers
Empowering Wheelers
Oct 25, 2017

Kids on Wheels Fail Forward Story (#29931)!

Kids wheelchair - Front
Kids wheelchair - Front

Dear all Alhassan Foundation’s friends, believers & supporters,

We want to share with you our experience with failure who leaded us to success! This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving's 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn't go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!

During the past few years we tried so hard to provide best options for our kids on wheels. The most important thing that will make their life easier is having an efficient & light wheelchair that will help them go to their schools easily, and participate in activities confidently. Unfortunately on our path for finding the perfect supplier for providing these wheelchairs we encountered lots of obstacles though we thankfully overcame all of them.

First, we had a deal with a company in UAE, but after long debates and correspondences to reach to a good deal, they didn’t met the requirements. Not only that, but also the whole deal turned to be a scam as they asked for the money in advance without giving any solid proofs for good intention to close the deal. Then we cancelled this deal and tried to find a more reliable supplier this time. Second, we found a good deal with an Italian Company, it appears to be a good company. They used to provide adjustable wheelchairs so kids can use even if they grow up bigger or taller. The issue with this company was that they had no agent in Egypt to close the deal and handle all logistics.

After all these failed efforts to reach to the best deal with the most efficient wheelchair for kids, we learned our lesson. This time we decided to make a new deal with the supplier that we deal with for our adults’ wheelchairs. They produce efficient wheelchairs tailored especially for kids, but they weren’t adjustable. By having the deal with the same supplier we had a good offer in quantity and price as they have a certified agent in Egypt. This company is mainly located in Germany. Also, we enhanced the process and made it more sustainable and efficient through taking old wheelchairs from kids after they grow up and give them to younger kids as a “pay forward initiative”. We hope that you will learn from our experience as much as we learned.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. We urge you to continue supporting our cause and stay loyal donors to our cause through subscribing to a monthly recurring donation option. That will help wheelchair users in Egypt be more confident and accomplished. Please visit our Facebook page to read other success stories:

https://www.facebook.com/AlhassanFDN/

Thank you for believing in the differently abled. :)

Kids wheelchair - back
Kids wheelchair - back
Oct 10, 2017

Equipped ride is changing lives!

Single mom
Single mom

Dear all Alhassan Foundation’s believers & supporters,

You made it happens dear donor! This is to inform you that providing equipped ride to wheelchair users in Egypt is really changing their lives and makes it away better. 

During the past few months your contribution helped us to facilitate an equipped ride to a single mom which made her financially independent. She adopted a young kid and started to search for a way to earn her living, but due to her physical challenge as a paraplegic lady she needed to find a way to move around first. So Alhassan Foundation provided her with a Motorcycle and helped her to open a small convenient store, and she used this equipped ride to bring the commodities for her store and grow her business.

Not only that, but also in the past few weeks, we changed more than 10 wheelchair users’ lives through providing them with accessible motorcycles. To walk the talk, we celebrated with one of our physically challenged employees as being the 1st quadriplegic person in Egypt who has an equipped ride (motorcycle). This equipped ride gave him confidence and self-esteem that he CAN go wherever abled people go to now as he used to walk before his accident.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. We urge you to continue supporting our cause and be a loyal donor through subscribing to a monthly recurring donation which will help securing more accessible transportation for wheelchair users in Egypt. Please visit our Facebook page to read other success stories:

https://www.facebook.com/AlhassanFDN/

 

Thank you for believing in the differently abled. :)

Youth empowerment
Youth empowerment
 
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