HELP NEEDED – Give a child a customized wheelchair!

 

Above left: Raymundo, leader of the PROJIMO Duranguito workshop, adjusts a wheelchair that the team made for this boy.  Above right: The adjustable table on this wheelchair allows Martha, who has spastic cerebral palsy, to figure out the best position for her computer with her head-stick.

The good news:

Over the last 12 years the team of disabled crafters in the village workshop in PROJIMO Duranguito, Sinaloa, Mexico, has been making individualized wheelchairs for disabled children – designing each chair both to the child’s combination of needs and to his or her local environment. (To see a spectrum of these innovative wheelchairs, click here.)

Thanks to generous support from Stichting Liliane Fonds, a charitable foundation in Holland, the village team has been able to provide these wheelchairs and other assistive equipment to disadvantaged children free or for a small fraction of the costs. And this individualized approach has spread to other programs and countries.

The bad news:

Due to the protracted economic crisis in Europe, Stichting Liliane Fonds, which used to aid disabled children in 80 countries, is cutting back to only 30 countries! … and is pulling out of Mexico. This puts in jeopardy not only the provision of specially-adapted wheelchairs to many children in need, but also the jobs and dignified self-reliance of the disabled craftspersons who make the chairs.

NL77-H-07  PJD-Spina bifida kid in stretch chair

This boy with spina bifida has hip contractures, which a standard wheelchair would make worse. Strapped onto this adjustable, hinged gurney, his contractures can be gradually straightened, so that perhaps someday he can walk with crutches – or, with daily stretching exercises, ride the wheelchair on which the gurney is mounted.

hand-powered tricycle

This hand-powered tricycle allows this boy to travel to school over rough roads, more easily and safely than would a standard wheelchair.

 

The way forward:

Already concerned people in the local area of Mexico, including friends in the nearby city of Mazatlán, are attempting to find sources of funding, be it on a child by child basis.

CAN YOU HELP?

We are also appealing to friends of HealthWrights to help sponsor the cost of an adapted wheelchair or other assistive device for a disabled child (or several, if you can). The cost ranges from USD $250 to $350, depending on its special features. If you are able to help cover the cost for a child – or a part of the cost – please do so.

You can send your gift through PayPal earmarked for “Wheelchair gift for a child”

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Or send a check to:

HealthWrights
P.O. Box 574
Lincoln, ME 04457  USA

YOUR DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE

Thank you so much.

Best wishes for the New Year,

David Werner

P.S. Read about HealthWrights’ activities and projects in 2015.7