American Wheelchair Mission Touching Lives Around the World

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This newsletter highlights the various partnerships and wheelchair distributions that the American Wheelchair Mission has made over the course of the last year to people around the world without mobility. Because of the charitable efforts of the Knights of Columbus, we are touching lives and answering prayers!

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  • Answering Prayers with

    the Gift of

    Mobility

    this issue

    Mexico

    Phi l ippines

    Hai t i

    Holy Land

    Vietnam

    Uni ted States

  • American Wheelchair Mission

    Our Mission

    The American Wheelchair

    Mission is a non-profit

    organization with a goal

    to deliver brand new, free

    wheelchairs and mobil-

    ity aids to physically dis-

    abled children, teens and

    adults throughout the

    world who are without

    mobility or the means to

    acquire a wheelchair. The

    American Wheelchair

    Mission will continue to

    change the lives of entire

    families with the gifts of

    hope, dignity, freedom

    and independence.

    The NeedWe estimate more than

    100 million people world-

    wide are in need of a

    wheelchair but cannot

    afford one. Our gift

    immediately changes the

    lives of entire families by

    answering prayers and

    making dreams come

    true.

  • $150 Sponsors the delivery of a brand new wheelchair

    The wheelchair deliv-

    ered by the American

    Wheelchair Mission would

    sell for more than $500

    at a medical supply store.

    Yet because we purchase

    wheelchairs directly from

    the manufacturer, and ship

    them 100 to 280 wheel-

    chairs at a time by ocean

    freight containers directly

    to the country of destina-

    tion, we can deliver this

    $500 wheelchair with each

    $150 donation we receive.

    VISIT OUR SITEAmwheelchair.org

    On our website you will see

    videos of wheelchair distri-

    butions around the world,

    photos of people and their

    families who had their lives

    changed by the gift of a

    wheelchair, and stories of

    our mission that touches

    lives in a very tangible and

    immediate way.

    Join Us!

    Join us on a wheelchair

    distribution trip Please

    email Dan Moberg at:

    dmoberg@amwheelchair.

    org for details.

    1

    The American Wheelchair Mission is a non-profit organization that deliv-ers free wheelchairs to children, teens and adults without mobility or the means to acquire a wheelchair.

    Since 2003, Knights of Columbus have sponsored the delivery of more than 35,000 wheelchairs around the world to people in dire need of mobil-ity.

    We deliver brand new, high quality wheelchairs by entire sea containers.

    The wheelchairs we deliver in 5 sizes (12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 inch seat widths) would sell for over $500 in a medical supply store, but because we purchase them in bulk and ship them by 100 to 280 wheelchair containers from the fac-tories directly to the country of destination, we can do this at an average price of $150 each.

    For entities interested in delivering an entire container of wheelchairs to a spe-cific country or local destination, a gift of $16,500 will deliver a shipping con-tainer of 100 pneumatic, mountain bike or 110 solid tire wheelchairs to a country specified by the donor, from our list of approved destination countries. A gift of $42,000 will deliver a container of 260 pneumatic, mountain bike tire or 280 solid tire wheelchairs. A logo or short text of the donors choice will be stitched onto the back of each wheelchair when sponsored by container. At retail, these containers of wheelchairs are valued at $55,000 and $140,000. (For special sizes or delivery locations, prices may vary)

    The Wheelchairs we deliver allow children to go to school for the first time, adults to go to work to provide for their families, and the elderly to get out of a bed they may have been confined to for many years at a time. We are answer-ing the prayers of entire families.

    Over 100 million people worldwide need a wheelchair but cannot afford one! Our gift answers prayers and delivers Hope, Dignity, Freedom and Independence.

    We estimate that each wheelchair delivered changes and improves an average of 10 lives!

    Since 2007, Knights across the U.S. have been having Wheelchair Sunday parish drives to raise funds for the delivery of wheelchairs. These drives have sponsored wheelchairs to Guatemala, Haiti, the Holy Land, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, United States and Vietnam. These drives are also extremely suc-cessful tools for recruiting new members.

    For more information, or to watch videos and download the Wheelchair Sunday handbook, please visit the Knights of Columbus page of our website at: www.amwheelchair.org.

    Program Highlights The American Wheelchair Mission delivers free wheelchairs to children, teens and adults without mobility. Since 2003, Knights have sponsored the delivery of more than 30,000 wheelchairs around the world. We deliver brand new, high quality wheelchairs by entire sea containers. The brand new wheelchairs we deliver in 5 sizes (12, 14, 16, 18 & 20 inch seat widths) would sell for over $500 in a medical supply store, but because we ship by 110 to 280 wheelchair containers from the factories directly to the country of delivery, we can do this at an average price of $150 each. For entities interested in delivering an entire container of wheelchairs to a specific country or local destination, a gift of $16,500 will deliver a shipping container of 100 pneumatic, mountain bike or 110 solid rubber tire wheelchairs to a country specified by the donor, from our list of approved destination countries. A gift of $42,000 will deliver a container of 260 pneumatic, mountain bike tire or 280 solid rubber tire wheelchairs. A logo or short text of the donors choice will be stitched onto the back of each wheelchair when sponsored by container. At retail these containers of wheelchairs are valued at $55,000 and $140,000. (For special sizes or delivery locations prices may vary) The wheelchairs we deliver allow children to go to school for the first time, adults to go to work to provide for their families and the elderly to get out of a bed that they may have been confined to for years at a time. We are answering the prayers of entire families. Our mission is to deliver a wheelchair or mobility aid to every person in the world who is in need but cannot afford one. Over 100 million people worldwide need a wheelchair but cannot afford one! Our gift delivers Hope, Dignity, Freedom and Independence. We estimate that each wheelchair delivered changes and improves an average of 10 lives! Since 2007, Knights across the U.S. have been having Wheelchair Sunday parish drives to raise funds for the delivery of wheelchairs. These drives have sponsored wheelchairs to Guatemala, Haiti, The Holy Land, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, United States and Vietnam. Knights and clergy participate in the distributions and parishioners are welcome to join us! For more information about our mission, please visit www.amwheelchair.org, or contact: Dan Moberg Chris Lewis Director of Public Education President

    2505 Anthem Village Drive, Suite E 602 Henderson, Nevada 89052 USA

    clewis@amwheelchair.org (702) 580-0705

    A M E R I C A N

    WHEELCHAIRM I S S I O N

    2600 E. Seltice Way, Suite A172Post Falls Idaho 83854-7991 USAdmoberg@amwheelchair.org(208) 457-0745

    www.amwheelchair.org

  • Distribution Partners: Teletn Rehabilitation Centers for Children / Knights of Columbus

    A wheelchair allows a child to go to school, go outside to play with friends, and enjoy some independence in their daily lives.

    There are more than 500,000 children in Mexico who need a wheelchair but cannot af-ford one. This number is higher than other countries in Latin America, and is the subject of much study on the part of international health organizations.

    Knights of Columbus have delivered many thousands of wheelchairs into the lives of children, teens and adults throughout Mexico. Working hand in hand with Knights from the United States and Canada, Mexican Knights have brought life chang-ing mobility into their local church communities and be-yond.

    The Teletn Rehabilitation Centers for Children oper-ate 22 world-class facilities

    across Mexico and tend to the needs of children with all forms of physical disabilities.

    Their medical and holistic approach to treating children has allowed them to literally bring children back to life, after a devastating illness or injury. Some 70,000 children have been treated since the start of the organization in 1996, and families across Mexico swear that Gods miracles are performed by the Teletn staff and volun-teers on a daily basis.

    Knights in the U.S. and Can-ada have been working with Teletn centers for a number of years and have shipments of wheelchairs being sent on a regular basis.

    The American Wheelchair Mission is very proud to work closely with the Teletn cen-ters and hopes to expand our participation in their life-changing mission.

    Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14)

    To join us on a wheel-chair distribution in Mexico, please send us an email at info@amwheelchair.org for details.

    Wheelchairs for Children in Mexico

    Without a wheelchair, people crawl along the ground

    Michigan Knight Bill Gardner was very touched by his experience in Mexico

    Entire families celebrate the gift of a wheelchair

    2American Wheelchair Mission

  • 3A national symbol of love and caring for children

    Angela, 3 moves herself for the first timeNevada State Deputy, David Ryan and a new friend

    Marissa can now go to school with her new wheelchair

    Rodolfo, 12 is so happy to have his new wheelchair

    Elise loves her new yellow wheelchair

    Rodrigo Figueroa, 2 moving himself for the first time everBrother Knight, Bishop Rutilio del Riego blessses a wheelchair recipient in Mexico City

    www.amwheelchair.org

  • Distribution Partner: The Compassionate Francis-can Sisters of the Poor

    The Mission of the Com-passionate Franciscan Sis-ters of the Poor and their founder, Mother Joan Clare Chin Loy, is to feed hungry children, care for orphans, teach school, respond to ur-gent needs of families, and now bring mobility into the lives of people near Manila, Naga City and throughout the Philippines.

    Since early 2011, Mother Joan and her sisters have imported more than 1,100 wheelchairs, and hundreds of canes, crutches and walk-ers donated by Knights of Columbus to help the physi-cally disabled people in the areas they serve.

    The Sisters run schools, feeding and day care cen-ters around the city dumps in both Manila and Naga, where more than 50,000 people live off the refuse. They also have an orphan-age that provides loving care for abandoned children from all walks of life.

    In what is known as a squat-ters area in Naga City, a 6-month-old boy named James was somehow able to crawl out of his house and onto the narrow gauge rail-road track that runs down the middle of his street. The train did not stop and James lost his leg. At the age of 2, James received his first mode of transportation in the form of a wheelchair. Moth-er Joan explained, He is a smart little boy and is able to hop for short distances, but he cannot go anywhere with-out being carried or dragging himself along the ground. This wheelchair will allow him to go to pre-school and start learning.

    Near the Naga City dump-site, a mother provides for all of her children and hus-band by scavenging the trash from dawn to dusk for food or anything sellable. Her youngest child was born without the ability to walk and she cannot afford even the time off to take him to a free clinic. Mother Joan gave the young boy a wheelchair so his siblings could bring him to the school and church the sisters created within the dumpsite settlement.

    The California Knights of Columbus have initiated Project Mobility for the Phil-ippines, which will deliver 560 wheelchairs to the Ma-nila and Davao areas of the

    country. Mother Joan and her sisters will coordinate all aspects of the distribution.

    The needs of the people here are great, said Mother Joan, but with continued prayer and the blessings we have received from the Knights of Columbus, we will be able to improve the lives of many families. God bless you all for your compassion!

    May our love be the remedy that will make our world a better place. May we see all people as our brothers and sisters. Let us reach out to everyone with compassion!

    The Answer to Prayers in the Philippines

    Camille, 15 has had to crawl or be carried her entire life

    Antonette, 10 lives at the orphanage and is very happy about her wheelchair

    4American Wheelchair Mission

  • 5James, 2 is hopping to get his new wheelchair, near the track that cost him his leg

    Squatters house in the city of Naga, Philippines

    Ericas entire school came to see her and two oth-ers get wheelchairs

    Erica has never had a wheel-chair before

    Camille can now go to school for the first time

    The Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor deliver wheel-chairs at the city dump in Naga City

    Mother Joan bringing a wheelchair to a waiting family

    www.amwheelchair.org

  • Naga City Knights carry a man to his new wheelchair

    James brother helps him with his new wheelchair

    This lady told us her prayers had been answered

    Knights from Naga City help a man to his homeMother Joans warehouse in the city of Naga, Philippines

    Everyone is so happy with their brand new wheelchairs - they have been given the gifts of mobility and independence

    6American Wheelchair Mission

  • 7Distribution Partner: Project Medishare Hospital

    The most recent trip to Haiti by the Knights of Columbus and the American Wheel-chair Mission took place in late February of 2012. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where most people barely survive on the equivalent of 2 U.S. dollars a day. Compounding the poverty, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Janu-ary 12, 2010, near Port au Prince, Haitis most popu-lated city. It is estimated that 220,000 people were killed and more than 300,000 were injured. 1.5 million people were rendered homeless.

    Founded in 1994 at the Uni-versity of Miami, Project Me-dishare mobilized the first medical team on the ground in Haiti, just 12 hours after the earthquake.

    The first stop for the team was the Project Medishare Rehabilitation Hospital in Port au Prince. In-country physical therapist Jason Miller explained that more than 1,000 people have

    been served with prosthet-ics and orthotics through the clinic, provided entirely by the Knights of Columbus.

    The next day, the team drove to the most remote village in the Haitian central plateau. The road is inaccessible five months out of the year be-cause of heavy rains. There is no electricity, and the vil-lagers live in extreme pover-ty. After a grueling five hour ride in an SUV, inching its way over ruts, sharp boul-ders and mud, the team ar-rived with a truck full of new wheelchairs, donated by the Knights of Columbus.

    At the same time, a young Haitian mother named Mo-nique started her day. She lives in the Haitian central plateau region. She awoke and took care of household chores and perhaps pre-pared a meal for her moth-er, five siblings and daugh-ter. These simple tasks are painful for Monique because she does not have the use of her legs. They atrophied long ago as a result of an illness during infancy. She drags herself on her hands and knees, slowly and de-liberately, but always with a beautiful, shy smil...

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