Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth

by MAD-Aid
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth
Collage of photos MAD-Aid
Collage of photos MAD-Aid

Dear donor:

So here we are again, over half a year since we launched our wheelchair campaign in the GlobalGiving March Accelerator and you made your life-changing donation to deliver wheelchairs to the poorest country in Europe. We did it!

The delightful news is that, with your help, we REACHED OUR CAMPAIGN GOAL! Additional funds came in after the campaign period and a total of 80 caring people helped us raise the full £5,000 | $7,235! And that covered the delivery cost of a total of 202 reconditioned wheelchairs from the UK to Moldova, and then some!

Mid-September volunteers loaded 160 wheelchairs together with over 1000 pieces of specialised equipment such as walker frames, toilet seats, commodes, crutches, and more in York, UK, On this occasion, MAD-Aid partnered with Physionet, an award-winning charity led by Peter Thomson, which also collects physiotherapy and mobility equipment and distributes it to developing countries across the globe. Physionet trustees and their volunteers alongside MAD-Aid volunteers did the physical loading into the truck. From the funds raised, MAD-Aid covered the expense of collecting and refurbishing the equipment, supplied the truck, and paid the trucking costs to Moldova. You can watch the loading in this one-minute video.

The truck arrived in Moldova just in time for the Marathon for All, the very first marathon organised in the capital Chisinau for wheelchairs users and other people with disabilities. It’s hard to believe this happened in Moldova, a country where just five years ago most people with special needs were totally isolated. This is inclusion! This is progress! Thanks to the timely appearance of these wheelchairs from the UK, a few more children and youth were able to take part in the marathon.

You’ll recall that in April we already sent off one full truckload with 42 wheelchairs along with 20 hospital beds and 20 examination couches that were urgently needed.

In a separate campaign, in September MAD-Aid welcomed once more eight CHUWA trucks loaded with humanitarian aid—six from England and two from Ireland—to Moldova to deliver smiles to children. This semi-annual event is possible through the close partnership between MAD-Aid and Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA), where MAD-Aid coordinated the logistics and oversaw the distribution of aid to three centres, a hospital, and four villages.

MAD-Aid now turns attention to its third core program—establishing a modern elder care residence next to its already running day care centre for children with special needs. Phase 1 involves major capital renovations. You can learn more about this program (and how you can help, if so inclined) on our website or on our Facebook page (links below).

THANK YOU once again for believing in us—be assured that YOU have Made a Difference!

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Deliver 200 UK Wheelchairs to Moldovan Youth

Dear donor: It’s difficult to accept that three months have already passed since we participated in the GlobalGiving March Accelerator Campaign. But it has, and much has happened in the world of MAD-Aid… This is just a brief update to THANK YOU again for believing in us and to let you know how YOU have Made a Difference!

With your help, we raised £4,278 / $5,982 of our £5,000 / $7,231 goal! And that covered the delivery cost of 165 reconditioned wheelchairs from the UK to Moldova.

In the month of April we sent off one full truckload with 42 wheelchairs along with 20 hospital beds and 20 examination couchesurgently needed. The balance of chairs will be shipped end-July.

The 42 wheelchairs found overjoyed new users. Of the 30 standard chairs, 10 were delivered to Singerei District, 10 to Balti, and 10 to Edinet, all in northern Moldova.

Some children, unfortunately, have needs that cannot be accommodated even by a standard wheelchair. In this batch there were 12 highly specialised chairs used for optimal positioning of children with cerebral palsy and other severe cognitive or physical disabilities. Such chairs are very hard to get and usually cost around £2000 each even second-hand. Eight specialised chairs were delivered to a centre housing children with multiple severe disabilities. Four still remain to be distributed. 

You know, a wheelchair completely changes the young lives of these children in Europe’s poorest country. Usually this will be the first time the children have ever had a wheelchair, thus changing not only their lives but those of their families, too.

Not only do these children reap the obvious benefit – physical mobility – these wheelchairs offer an opportunity for social inclusion for these youth and children who are typically used to living life completely isolated and hidden.

The other major advantage of mobility for these children is it gives them a chance at education, which in turn boosts their confidence and expands their horizons. They then have the same opportunities as able-bodied children. 

In a separate campaign, on May 10, eight CHUWA trucks chock-full of humanitarian aid left the UK to drive the 2,000 mile trip to Moldova in order to deliver smiles to children. This is a high-energy semi-annual event executed in a close partnership between MAD-Aid and Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA).

Also aside, MAD-Aid founder Victoria Dunford took part in the First Annual Diaspora Forum of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies of the PACE in Geneva on May 18, 2018. Victoria presented MAD-Aid's work and charity activities in Moldova, which will be used as best practices on how to empower diaspora members to contribute to the development of their countries of origin.

The march to Make a Difference goes on… and we’re grateful to have you join our mission!

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MAD-Aid

Location: East Cowes - United Kingdom
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Victoria Dunford
East Cowes, United Kingdom

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