Wheelchair on its way to Nicaragua
As you read in our last report, The Red Thread Promise team traveled to Haiti this summer (2011) to deliver 100 new all terrain wheelchairs to St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Over the past weeks, we were able to put together a video about our wheelchairs, highlighting portions of the assembly and distribution. The video also shares a bit about our philosophy and why we provide assistance in Haiti.
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During our next trip in January 2012, we will visit St. Vincent's and re-assess the wheelchairs after months of use. We feel that the follow up on these chairs is critical, to ensure that we providing the best possible care for these beautiful children and are doing our due diligence to you, our donors, who have made these gifts of mobility possible.
While we continue to raise funds to deliver additional wheelchairs to Haiti, we are excited to share that our first wheelchair has made it to Nicaragua! The Red Thread Promise partnered with a small non-profit from Oregon to provide Juan, a 42 year old man from El Lagartillo, Achuapa, with the same hearty wheelchair that we have sent to Haiti—one that could navigate the rugged dirt roads and paths. Juan spends his days in a wheelchair as a result of a congenital birth defect and had never received a new wheelchair until now. A single ATW was hand-carried from the states to Nicaragua by representatives from Partnership for Hope who have known and worked with Juan and his community for the past 25 years. We were thrilled to see the smile on his face and hope that this chair serves him well for years to come. For the full story, please visit our blog: http://redthreadpromise.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-atw-to-nicaragua.html
Thank you for your continued support!
Juan's old chair
Juan in his new all terrain wheelchair
Taking the ATW for a test drive