Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!

by A Leg To Stand On

It has been one year since Awatt was brutally injured in a hit and run accident, caused by a drunk driver. With the love and support of his mother, six-year-old Awatt has made it through a number of corrective surgeries. Awatt has been determined to get back on his feet and has enrolled in kindergarten for this fall. His story is beyond heartbreaking and cruel, but his will and determination to keep moving forward is not only beautiful, but inspiring. Through your love and continued support, we plan to see that Awatt has free orthopedic care until his nineteenth birthday.

Samnang 1
Samnang 1

17 year-old Samnang has been a patient of ALTSO’s since 2013, when he sought treatment for the congenital deformity of his right leg.

Samnang is the youngest of two brothers and one sister. His mother owns a small food stall and his father works as a motorbike tax driver. The cost of the prosthetic device, which he now proudly wears, would have been unattainable to his family without your support. 

Samnang is very tech-savvy and athletic. In his spare time, he can be found repairing electronics and playing soccer. With his interests in technology, he plans on studying Information Technology in Phnom Penh, and hopes to relocate to either the U.S. or Russia following his studies. 

He is currently in the 12th grade and getting ready to graduate, with big thanks to your involvement for giving him the physical capabilities needed to get to school and pursue his dreams! 

Samnang 2
Samnang 2


Meet Sadaf. In 2013, while napping on a haystack in a field near her home, Sadaf was severely injured. Without realizing that she was there the bundle of hay was thrown into a threshing machine causing extensive damage to both her legs. Fortunately, she survived the accident but due to her father's income level ($420 per year), stigma and shame towards disability in the developing world, and her mother who is mentally challenged,  Sadaf became confined to the house unable to seek further treatment.

 A year later, her father was informed about a program at a hospital in Lahore that provides free assistive devices and rehabilitation to children under the age of 19. Thanks to ALTSO’s partnership with the Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PSRD), Sadaf is now able to walk independently, play with her friends and go to school.

With your help we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children like Sadaf. Please join us today.


Nia - Indonesia
Nia - Indonesia

Thanks to support from people like you, ALTSO's programs world-wide, including this project to help 40 children in Asia receive the gift of mobility, have treated nearly 2,000 children this year!

But, our work is far from done. In 2015 we received requests to treat nearly 4,000 children in some of the poorest countries in the world. We are so thankful in your partnership this year to help us treat nearly 2,000 of those children, but we strive to do even better in 2016.

Unfortunately, most other humanitarian aid groups overlook children with limb disabilities as they are not categorized as having a life-threatening situation.  However, we know that in places like Cambodia and Pakistan, without the ability to walk or ride a bike, a child will never be able to travel the average 3-5 miles to and from school each day. This forces one parent to stay home with the child instead of work to increase the family income, and leaves the child in a desperate situation where there are no opportunities for them to turn to.

The sad reality is that many of ALTSO's patients would turn to dangerous work like street begging if they were to go untreated - but we can continue to change that reality!

Join with us to kick off 2016 with a strong start.  Our hope is that we are able to fully fund this Global Giving project to give mobility to 40 children in Asia this spring so that we are able to begin a new project and treat even more children than in previous years.

Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year!

With much gratitude,

The ALTSO Team

In 2010, on a day like any other, Refan's parents, Nanag and Maryani, road their motorbike to the market. With Refan wrapped tightly in a sarong against his mother's chest, their bike suddenly crashed. Blowing in the wind, Nanag's sarong was caught in the rear wheel, forcing all three of them to be violently ripped to the ground. When Nanag and Maryani came to, the shock of seeing their 16-month-old baby's leg detached from his body made them unaware of what had just happened.

"Common in the developing world, a woman’s sarong will get caught in the rear wheel of a motorbike, resulting in traumatic injury or even death."

As bystanders witnessed the crash, they quickly rushed to Refan's side to apply pressure - if not, the blood loss would have turned fatal. By flagging down a vehicle, the three were able to be rushed to the nearest hospital.

Despite not having the proper equipment to perform the complex surgery of reattaching Refan's leg, the surgeon decided there was not enough time to transport Refan to the nearest, more advanced hospital in Surabaya - 167 miles away. As a result, Refan was left without his lower right leg - but nonetheless, was extremely lucky to be alive.

Fast forward to 2014 - making only $3 a day, Nanag and Maryani could not afford the prosthetic care Refan began to need and would continue to need for many years to come. Through your support, we were able to change that. In the summer of 2014, Refan received his first prosthetic device and has already started running, dancing and being the firecracker he is!

“Refan loves to dance, climb and go to school, but none of these things would have been possible if it weren’t for your help."

ALTSO is committed to providing Refan new prosthetic devices, adjustments, and rehabilitation until his 19th birthday, documenting his achievements along the way.



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A Leg To Stand On

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Gabriella Mueller
Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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