By Sonja Beals Iribarren - Board Member, The Red THread Promise
You might have heard about the problems all aid groups are having in getting supplies through customs. Our first container of wheelchairs is still in port but we are expecting progress any day now, and are sending a team down to Haiti in February to assist in distribution with the second container. The ATW program is not just about sending and distributing wheelchairs. It is about mobility for life, so we also set up programs to train and employ Haitians to assemble and repair the chairs, as well as bicycles and other small items, in order to keep the chairs in good-working order. Currently we are working directly with St Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port au Prince to deliver some wheelchairs.
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