COVID19 Emergency Fund

by A Leg To Stand On
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund
COVID19 Emergency Fund

Thanks to our COVID Emergency Fund, we have been able to equip our programs with the sanitizing equipment and PPE needed to safely provide our CoolKids with free mobiltiy care, such as Wira.

In 2015, CoolKid Wira was hit by a truck, resulting in the loss of his left foot and ankle. His parents work as local farmers and were unable to afford even one prosthetic limb he would need to restore his mobility

For five years Wira walked by using a hospital crutch meant only for temporary use. Long-term use of such underarm crutches often causes painful sores, excessive pressure on joints, and an unbalanced gait leading to body misalignment creating additional health problems as they grow

Thanks to your support, we met Wira and provided him with his very first prosthetic limb! Now Wira no longer relies on a single crutch.

He walks with ease and confidence in his new prosthesis and proudly attends elementary school where he enjoys learning - and of course, playing with his friends.  

Thank you for helping us to provide life-changing mobillity care to our CoolKids around the world, like Wira.


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Since 2020, thanks to the support of our advocates, we have equipped our programs with

  • 26438 disposable face masks
  • 12 thermometers
  • 4,651 litres of hand sanitizer 
  • 4,450 bottles of disinfectant 
  • 1,542 reusable face masks & face shields 
  • 13,106 pairs of loves 

But the risk of COVID on the vulnerable families we serve and programs we operate throughout the developing world is at the highest it has been since the onset of COVID.

Equipping our CoolKids, and the health care professionals who treat them, with proper PPE is critical to ensuring children do not have to choose between their mobility and their family's health.

Last year we fought to  treat 926 children, despite major obstacles brought on by the pandemic. Their mobility - their future and independence - is too important.
Now we're working to ensure more CoolKids receive the critical care they need to access mobility and all the opportunities it offers. 


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We know that 2020 brought lots of obstacles and hardships. We are so thankful that you helped us stay committed to our CoolKids through the turbulent and uncertain times of 2020.
Because of your support we were able to offer the teams in each of our 11 programs in 10 countries the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to operate safely, ensuring our CoolKids did not have to choose between mobility and health.
One of those was our program Puspadi Bali, in Bali, Indonesia. Despite ever changing lockdowns in 2020, Puspadi was able to treat 174 ALTSO CoolKids in need with our direct product support - including Joshi modular prosthetic limbs, prosthetic feet, and custom fit orthotic devices.
"Thank you very much for your huge support to protect our staff, clients, their families and the communities"  - Putu Juliani, Puspadi Operations Manager
We are proud to share that we are the first, and only organization, to ever provide modular prosthetic limb components to Puspadi Bali, free of charge.
In 2021, as developed countries roll out their inoculation plans, our programs in the developing world will likely be left to continue to wait before the option to be vaccinated is an option.
As such, we still need your help to provide more PPE & sanitizing equipment.
We estimate that in 2021 alone, our CoolKids and their providers will need at least another $50,000 in PPE to ensure safety to staff and patients.
Every donation truly does count. Just $5 provides 10 CoolKids with the face masks needed to significantly reduce risk of contracting COVID-19.
And if you join our CoolKids Club - an automatic, recurring donation program - you can help us provide follow up treatment to 6 children each year with just $25/month.
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All of ALTSO's 11 programs in 10 developing countries suffered some form of shut down due to COVID-19. The reality is, as slow as we feel that our reopening has and will continue to be, most of our programs have a much longer road ahead with limited access to PPE or new treatment options.


Our longtime partner in the Gulmi District of Nepal, Hope Disability Centere (HDC), is one of those such programs. It's founder and director, Ganga, is a bi-lateral amputee who grew up in a country with strong social stigmas towards persons with disabilities, never had an equal chance to succeed. But Ganga is perseverant, motivated, and strong. She begged her parents to send her to school. She overcame the bullying, the ostracization, and discrimination.


At age 16 Ganga met a kind hearted Kiwi traveling through Nepal. Taken by Ganga's strength and charisma, he arranged for Ganga to receive her first pair of prosthetic legs. In 2006, with the help of a group of New Zealanders, Ganga established Hope Disability Centre. We are proud to have partnered with HDC since 2009, helping to provide treatment and rehabilitative care to hundreds of children. See Ganga's personal video account of what hass been going on ovre the last sevaral months at HDC.


Director of Programs, A.J., recently checked-in with Ganga to talk about the ongoings at HDC. Nepal has been on a strict shutdown since March, given the severity of COVID-19 , making it difficult to treat our CoolKids in critical need of mobility aids. Just this last week Nepal reported the highest single-day COVID-19 fatalities.


Our wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs have reached Nepal, but until the shutdown is lifted patients will not be able to visit for fittings.


Until then, HDC is preparing for the day it can reopen its doors. Thanks to the support of donors and our COVID-19 reopening fund, we will be able to provide our programs with the PPE and sanitizing equipments needed to continue to safely provide mobility solutions.

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A Leg To Stand On

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

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