Free Wheelchair Mission
Rating: 3.91 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Health, International, Religion
Location: 15279 Alton Parkway Ste. 300 Irvine CA 92618 USA
Results: 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 www.freewheelchairmission.org/map
Programs: 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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I was sorry to read Bradley Wallis's review above. However, this seems to come with the territory for people who devote their lives to helping to change the world. I spent over 10 years with this organization in a number of roles including Board Member, volunteer, donor, and personally visited and participated in distributions in Africa and China. I'm not aware of any chair that can be purchased or manufactured for less that is the equal or better to than this chair. If it existed, I know Don Schoendorfer would be the first to recommend it. The goal of this organization has never been to provide the ultimate solution to the massive need for mobilization for some of the most forgotten people in the world. I would ask any naysayer to join in a distribution of these chairs someday. Ask one of the recipients who has been living in a corner of a hut in the mud who now can roll out into the sun and rejoin life again: "would you prefer to return this low cost chair you received for free, so I can go and look for a $500 chair for you that I have no idea I can pay for or that you will ever receive."I doubt you could convince one person to give up their chair. As for Jesus, well he comes with the territory. I'm sorry if that offends anyone but the organization is founded by and run by people of faith. There is no religious overtone to the giving away of the chairs. People are told why and how the organization happens to be motivated to do this work. I've never seen or heard a complain on the other side of the field. The few that do come up are from folks at this end.
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