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Mobilize Mankind

Rating: 4.83 stars   6 reviews 384

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Post Office Box 41858 Eugene OR 97404 USA

Mission:

To provide humanitarian assistance, including providing assistance with basic human needs such as food, clean water, shelter, medicine, and an education to low income people and especially those who have disabilities that restrict their mobility. This will be accomplished, in part, by providing orthopedic equipment, with an emphasis on serving the needs of the "poorest of the poor" children who are disabled and who are living in poverty in third world developing countries. To collect, repair, renovate and customize used medical orthopedic equipment in order to provide them to people with disabilities. To train people with disabilities, as well as their caretakers and their families and their communities, in how to properly use, maintain, and repair their orthopedic equipment. To provide therapeutic consultations and initial physical therapy to people with disabilities who receive the orthopedic equipment which has been distributed. To work with, train and consult with medical professionals

Programs:

Wheelchair distributions and evaluation clinics were held in los cabos and la paz as well as individual children being seen as needed. Orthopedic equipment has been sent to ciudad constitucion. We have met the 1,000 wheelchair mark and climbing! We have seen approximately 120 children for wheelchairs this cycle with a monthly clinic of evaluation and distribution. Eighty wheelchairs have been assembled at the san jose del cabo wheelchair factory site. We held a fund-raiser for the wheelchair factory on may 18th with the rotary club and chefs to the rescue. An orthotics clinic was held in march and mobilize mankind served additional children for both prosthetics and orthotics. Sixteen children were seen; four for prosthetics and others for braces for hands, feet and torsos. Twelve medically fragile children were evaluated by dr. Robert haining of oakland children's hospital in california who comes to assist with the prosthetics and orthotics clinic and offers consultation services as needed. Twelve children have been referred to shriners hospitals in tijuana, los angeles and sacramento. They received surgery, rehabilitation services and other medical attention and evaluations. Several are waiting for their appointments in tijuana. Mexican physical therapists are beginning to take more ownership of wheelchair adjustments, giving wheelchairs and braces to children who are new to the system. Mexican therapists are participating in the wheelchair clinics with the children they serve. Particularly in la paz, physical therapists are recycling wheelchairs and braces on a regular basis as we have trained them. Mobilize mankind continues to have the support of state and municipal dif's with facilities in los cabos, la paz and cuidad constitucion. Twenty-seven pallets were packed and ready for shipping from eugene, oregon, during the year. During the year, we had one youth intern/volunteer from the czech republic to assist us since september 2013. He returned to the czech republic to attend college on june 5th. We also had another youth volunteer from the springbreak project in loreto for translation, interpretation and assistive technology. Spring break special projects:a fund raiser was held in eugene, oregon, to buy assistive technology equipment and supplies for the special education school in loreto and received $2,000 in donations. The city of loreto provided accommodations and food for volunteers from mobilize mankind. Wheelchair distribution was held from march 24th through march 28th. Staff training was conducted for teachers and therapists. Education was also provided in the areas of safe feeding techniques, stretching routines for children, fundamentals of body mechanics for lifting children, picture exchange system of communication (pecs), autism and the sensory system, working with visually impaired children, and wheelchair maintenance for parents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow! Looks like it's been three years since my last review and I'm still here! :) Previously I'd mentioned the founders' endless commitment and compassion, and it's still going strong. I'm so proud to be part of an organization that is so clear and dedicated to its mission, the communities in which they operate, and the volunteers. One of many experiences I'll never forget is when they'd arranged to deliver and fit twin, 16-year old boys with donated power-chairs. These practically full-grown 'young men' had been being carried by their mother, who was a small woman! The whole town came out for the occasion and they'd brought snacks and even a pinata. Gayle and volunteers were helping to fit the chairs properly, and once they were finished and the family was trained in how to care for and keep the chairs charged, those boys took off. Watching their faces as they experienced physical freedom for the first time was absolutely unforgettable.

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2015

 
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I have volunteered with Mobilize Mankind for the past 10 years. I am a special education teacher working with students with severe to moderate physical disabilities. My work with this organization has been focused on assisting the staff, families and administration of schools with the physical and medical needs of their students to better facilitate learning in their school setting. MM has consistently worked closely with families and volunteers and developed meaningful ongoing relationships. They have worked very hard to provide much needed supplies and assistance to help with the children's medical and physical needs. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated and heartfelt group of professional people who truly want to help the disabled children and families of Baja Sur. I have worked with volunteers of all ages there and all have had unforgettable experiences and are truly changed by the work they do. Mobilize Mankind has my complete devotion and utmost respect as they have consistently set an example of putting the needs of the children first, and keeping their focus on lasting health and comfort for the children they serve. Sincerely, Cindy Evans

 
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I have been a volunteer with Mobilize Mankind for more than 10 years. Besides the local work in Eugene, Oregon, I have traveled down to Baja seven times. I brought my daughter down with me several times as a child and as an adult, and she has been inspired by the work that she did down there. It was one of the experiences that influenced her decision to became a speech language pathologist. She now works in a public school district.
I have been involved in volunteer work throughout my life, but I have never had as much of an impact on people's lives as I have with this organization. The resources in Baja are so minimal and the need is great. Providing a wheelchair to a child with a disability, who would otherwise not have one, is critical to the health of the child and also to the families who do their best to rig up strollers and wagons to transport their children. The Mexican families are extremely grateful, welcoming and generous to us all. I have never felt such warmth and gratitude. My work with this organization has given me back as much as I have put into it. I have helped recruit dozens of volunteers and they all give me the same feedback. We have improved the lives of hundreds of children and we hope to continue this work indefinitely.

 
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I have been volunteering with Mobilize Mankind for more than a decade and I am as enthusiastic today as I was in the beginning! Mobilize Mankind's "target population" is children with disabilities in Baja Sur, Mexico. The organization collects donated equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, from various agencies, businesses and individuals in the US and transports it to warehouses in southern Baja. Greg and Gayle Edwards, the directors of Mobilize Mankind, travel to various communities in the region, meeting children and their families. They then adjust and "remake" equipment to fit the specific needs of each child, fitting the wheelchair or other equipment using their expertise and experience. During spring break each year a group of volunteers from the US arrive, to assist with the equipment clinics. Additionally, we volunteer at various schools for children with disabilities, providing support, education and sharing ideas from our experiences in US schools. I am a physical therapist. Volunteers also include special education teachers, assistive technology specialists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. The organization is all about collaboration, with families, the local schools, government organizations and businesses.

When Hurrican Odile hit the Region last September, Mobilize Mankind mobilized! Despite the fact that their warehouse was damaged, they focused all their efforts on assisting families in need. This included rebuilding a home for a family who have a child with a disability. The organization is all HEART!

Volunteering for Mobilize Mankind has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I give it 5 stars!

 
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Mobilize Mankind (MM) is an organization dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Baja Mexico, along with their families, teachers and communities. The directors, Greg and Gayle Edwards, moved to Baja in order to dedicate their lives to the the mission and work of MM. I am a Board member and have made several trips to Baja, Mexico to volunteer, for one week at a time. These experiences have been very fulfilling for me, personally and professionally (I am a pediatric physical therapist). Additionally, I've had the opportunity to see, first hand, the direct, real and permanent change this organization has made in the lives of children with disabilities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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For anyone interested in contributing time or financial support to an organization that is grassroots and powered by passion, you've found it. Primarily staffed by volunteers, Mobilize has provided countless children with mobility, access to education, and many other opportunities to engage in their communities. Greg and Gayle have a bottomless reserve of compassion and energy and have an incredible ability to build relationships in the community to help children gain access to the world. Baja is a beautiful place with beautiful people who are grateful for the services that Mobilize has been able to provide. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I was looking for an opportunity to donate my services in exchange for some interesting life experiences--and, wow did I get my investment's worth! My time as a volunteer with Mobilize has enriched my life far beyond anything I could ever have hoped to impart. THANK YOU MOBILIZE!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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