Give Mobility: Wheelchairs for Nicaraguan Children

by Special Families Saint Julie Billiart (Familias Especiales Santa Julia Billiart) Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

Mobility with dignity can happen for children with physical disAbility when they have the right wheelchair. FE has been working since 2001 to help children with paralisis by providing wheel chairs in Nicaragua. Working with volunteers in USA they have provided more than 2000 WC, trained over 35 young people to adapt and adjust the chairs to the disAbility of each child. The only workshop in Nica to distribute and maintain WC for people who have little alterantives to find mobility aids.

$4,000
total goal
$2,555
remaining
14
donors
2
monthly donors
7
months

Challenge

In Nicaragua wheel chairs are hard to find, are overpriced and limited to standard adult chairs. FE has identified 40 children who are in need of speciality chairs fitted and adapted to their disAbility. Without a wheel chair children are limited to their homes and can not get the therapy they need or any social integration for their development. A speciality chair can help provide the mobility for an independent life. A poorly adapted adult standard chair can harm their health and posture.

Solution

The wheel chair workshop receives shipments of speciality wheelchairs once a year from Wisconsin Nicaragua Wheel Chair Project. These wheel chairs then need to be adapted and fitted to the disability. FE does out reach to children in need of wheel chairs and works with their measurements and their diagnosis to be able to give an appropriate chair. Staff and volunteers are trained in wheel chair maintenance, adaptation and fitting as well as work with therapists to give children mobiity.

Long-Term Impact

40 Children will be able to have mobility with dignity. Their families will be able to transport them to activities outside the house including medical visits. By providing wheelchairs that are fitted and adapted to their disAbility. Their health will improve and they will be able to have social integration and attend schools. Within their own homes the child will be able to develop more independence which is a major goal for people who have paralsis and other physical disAbilities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

https:/​/​www.familiasespeciales.org
Program web site
Project Leader:
Rebecca Trujillo
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
$1,445 raised of $4,000 goal
 
24 donations
$2,555 to go
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