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Causes: Christianity, Health, Health Support, International, International Relief, Rehabilitative Care, Religion

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

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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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My mother Sally is a double amputee and lives in a convalescnt home. Her medical insurance will not pay for her an electric wheelchair. She would love to have more freedom that a electric chair can give her.She is a very lively person and deserves to be able to get around like the rest of us.Please help in any way you can.Thank you


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have not had good experience with this organization in terms of their staff/administration and their salaries and trustworthiness. The founder/president makes over $140K a year and they spend nearly 1.5 million in administrative and fundraising costs. It was a great concept at the start, but in my opinion, needs cleaning up. I took myself off their fundraising lists.