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.
Another team member and I worked on fitting a fourteen-year-old girl into a chair while on a distribution in Mazatlan. We worked on this chair and with this family for over an hour and a half. We talked to the family to learn their story and had to make adjustments and get different pieces to make the chair work for their daughter and their lifestyle. And all our hard work was more than worth it when the girl's mother thanked us in Spanish with tears in her eyes. The work you do down there changes the lives of not only the disabled and their families but also your own. This trip and this organization taught me to appreciate people of different cultures and from different walks of life.
Our church has sent several teams to serve with PUSH International over the last few years and have loved the opportunity to help bring mobility and dignity to many people of all ages. Seeing the impact that mobility has on the lives of the person receiving the mobility aid is indescribable; but the impact on their family is very emotional and freeing for them as well. PUSH, International serves an important role in our world, bringing people together to aid and serve, to love and care for folks in need of mobility--a powerful ministry!