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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Push International works to provide sustainable, mobile, communities for people with disabilities in need in Mexico. Push International collects new and used mobility and therapy equipment in the USA, refurbishes, redistributes and personally adjusts each and every piece of equipment to benefit people who do not have access to these services. Push shares a campus in Mazatlan, Mexico with Padres y Compadres. Together we have a wheelchair repair and refurbishing shop staffed all year round to provide sustainable services, adjustments and maintenance to the equipment we deliver.

Results: Over the last 5 years, Push International has welcomed over 24 teams of volunteers from the USA, Canada and Guam to our facility in Mexico. Together we have distributed over 2,000 pieces of mobility equipment to people with disabilities in need. We have employed people with disabilities, provided countless therapy interventions and home programs, modified people's homes to increase wheelchair accessibility and much much more!

Target demographics: We serve poverty stricken individuals and families with disabilities who are living in or around Mazatlan, Mexico. We recycle donated mobility equipment from the USA and donate it to people in Mexico who can not afford the equipment that they so desperately need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300+

Geographic areas served: Mazatlan, Mexico and surrounding areas.

Programs: Hippotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Job skills training, wheelchair and mobility skills and Kineseotaping. Further training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration, Feeding Therapies and more are taking place everyday in Mexico.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

5,000 low-income families (read: practically NO income) already served abroad. Then ADD 5,000 donors from the USA = 10,000 families recycling and sharing critical mobility & therapy equipment internationally. Need your daughter's wheelchair repaired? Stop by the shop today! or tomorrow! We are there. Or if she has grown out of her chair and needs a larger size... we are there too! Gratis! The repairs & the service will be supervised by our Mexican director who is also a wheelchair user. Now THAT's how Push does SUSTAINABILITY!

1 Andrea163

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Push international is an amazing organization. I went on a trip with them and fell in love! I'm hoping to be able to go again soon!

Rebecca170

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My trip with PUSH International was such an amazing experience. It was well planned and executed, and there was never a moment that I did not feel safe. It was such an eye opening week. My experiences in Mazatlan changed the way I provide care and has made me a more client centered and compassionate occupational therapy student. The trip helped me understand how culture, family, community, and early intervention shape outcomes. During the week I got to do so many hands on things that I would not have experienced otherwise in my graduate occupational therapy program education. I am so grateful that this was an option for me. I’m already thinking about when I can go back!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of many students that went on a PUSH trip to Mazatlan early this May. Everyone on this trip from this nonprofit was well-organized, well-connected, and very well-informed. After embarking on this journey I feel more competent in my skills as a future occupational therapist and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to go with my peers and professor. What I love most about this organization is that it is sustainable and puts the people first.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience of working with Push International provided me with an inspiring, incredible, and life-changing experience that will help me in my future practice. All the memories with my classmates and the clients will stay with me forever. The leaders were very knowledgeable and gave us feedback and opportunities to enhance our learning and experience. I would recommend volunteering with Push without a doubt.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Professor and Clinical Instructor of Occupational Therapy in Carson, CA. This is my second time in Mazatlan providing community service with several of my students working with PUSH International. As an OT working for over 16 years, I can honestly say that the experience is heart warming and transformative. The interaction with the children and adults were different both times but they were also the same, in that, the incredible impact of giving of yourself has such huge lasting effect on both you and the individuals your serving.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was a great experience. My expectations were definitely exceeded. The opportunity to work directly with the children and the community at large was tremendous. It felt like we were really making a difference, especially with the wheelchair distribution day. The recipients of the wheelchairs were gracious and patient with the communication barrier. The leaders of the trip also provided us with several cultural experiences and in general made every evening a good time. I would goo on this trip again in a heartbeat if my schedule lined up.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an occupational therapy student and really enjoyed my trip with PUSH to Mazatlan. Even though I do not speak Spanish and understand very little, I felt like a member of the team and community at the center. The hands-on expereince with the kids was so helpful- to integrate both what I am learning in school as well as hear about techniques and treatement perspectives from other (both American and Mexican) therapists. I was encouraged to plan treatment and ask questions about how to implement the therapy. I felt like I was able to be independent in coming up with treatment but supported by expereinced therapists if my treatment plan did not address a skill I wanted to target or where a modification to my treatment plan would be more therapeutic. I also really enjoyed the wheelchair distribution day, home visits, wheelchair sports, adaptove driving, and the city tour. I would very highly recommend this trip to any student (PT or OT), regardless of the year in the program! I also think one could benefit from this trip coming from a non-therapy background. The leaders were great about explaining things simply and clearly, and I really appreciated their openess to our questions. The hospitality of the center was also wonderful- lots of smiles, good food and flexibility for everyone's needs.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Push International was an enlightening experience. The push staff was very warm and welcoming. Push International was very helpful in facilitating our trip as student volunteers and providing a beneficial experience for both our learning and the people whom we had the ability to help. With the help of Push we were able to interview, fit, and distribute wheelchairs to several members of the disabled community in Mazatlan thus providing mobility for those who previously were not able to access their community. Push also promoted and facilitated an experience that provided for cultural learning. This experience has impacted and changed my life, and I can only hope the same for those that we served.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Push International is an incredible organization that provides such an amazing service in Mazatlan, Mexico! I was fortunate enough to spend one week with fellow occupational therapy classmates and other health care students from Washington state at Padres y Compadres, and had a life changing experience that not only affected me and the way I will lead my professional career, but also the people of Mazatlan who benefit from Push International. This organization provides mobility and freedom to local residents with disabilities and helps these people learn to enjoy life again through wheelchair distribution events. One gentleman in particular had not been out of his home in 3 years due to his disability and the gratitude and joy he felt when he received his wheelchair was a moment I will never forget! I will absolutely be seeking funding to participate in future trips to Mazatlan with Push International!