Prosthetic hands and arms made with a 3D printer

by Bolivians Without Disabilities
Prosthetic hands and arms made with a 3D printer
Prosthetic hands and arms made with a 3D printer
Prosthetic hands and arms made with a 3D printer
Prosthetic hands and arms made with a 3D printer

Summary

In Bolivia, it is exceedingly difficult for any low-income amputee to get a prosthetic limb due to the cost and lack of availability. Our project's goal is to ensure that 20 low-income Bolivian amputees will be able to use their hands and arms again with a durable and functional prosthesis made with a 3D printer. Having a hand will allow these amputees to regain their sense of dignity, allow them to find employment, and contribute to their families and communities.

$15,000
total goal
$14,270
remaining
3
donors
1
monthly donor
7
months

Challenge

There are approximately 10,000 amputees in Bolivia. However, there are virtually no prosthetic clinics for low income amputees. The sad irony here is that that the low-income segment of the population is most likely to have a limb amputated due to diabetes, traffic and/or work accidents, cancer, and congenital defects.

Solution

This project ensures that 40 low-income amputees will receive a prosthetic limb. In addition, these patients will also receive sufficient physical therapy so that they can use their again. They will be able to pick up a glass and drink from it and even write. They will also be able to secure employment, and support their families. Without a hand or arm, a Bolivian amputee suffers discrimination, depression, suicidal thoughts, discrimination, and limited access to any employment opportunities.

Long-Term Impact

Working Bolivian amputees will no longer be confined to their homes, where they feel like a financial and emotional burden to the family. Instead they will be able to hold their heads high in society, pursue their dreams, contribute to their communities, and support their families.

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Organization Information

Bolivians Without Disabilities

Location: Indn Hbr Bch, FL - USA
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Twitter: @Bolivians_Disab
Project Leader:
matthew pepe
Indn Hbr Bch, FL United States

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