Free Wheelchair Mission

Rating: 3.67 stars   12 reviews


15279 Alton Parkway Ste. 300 Irvine CA 92618 USA


Our mission is "to provide the transforming gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries, as motivated by Jesus Christ."


Since being founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission has given more than 670,000 people the gift of mobility in 86 countries worldwide.

Target demographics:

Individuals facing physical challenges in the developing world who cannot otherwise obtain a wheelchair.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In FY2012 we provided 68,200 wheelchairs.

Geographic areas served:

FWM operates in 86 countries: for a full overview of where we work you can go to


Free Wheelchair Mission provides wheelchairs to individuals living in the developing world who need a wheelchair, but can't afford one. Our wheelchairs are specially designed to withstand life in rugged rural areas and urban landscapes. We provide wheelchairs to as many people as we are able and we do not deny services based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

FWM discriminates against people with disabilities. These contraptions are not wheelchairs they are lawn chairs. Please stop using poor people with disabilities as your puppets and for your financial gains. You can purchase real folding wheelchairs from your partnering Chinese factory for the same price you hustle innocent people for. If your lawn chair is not good enough for people in the USA – why do you continue to dump these things in the developing world - the answer is clear

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Costa Rica,

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

purchase real wheelchairs

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...


The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Innocent - no clue what so ever on correct seating / fitting of disabled people in wheelchairs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Cause a lot of presure sores and long team damage to people with disabilies

Ways to make it better...

FWM distributed real wheelchairs

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The self centered EGO of the founder Don Schoendorfer - he will not listen to the professional rehabilitation medical community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Think out side the box

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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