mobility should be free
Founder Dave Talbot.
While producing a documentary film in Uganda, I (a polio survivor myself), saw people who had survived the disease of polio and were terribly afflicted. Often they are rejected in their communities.
Back in the United States, I realized that many people have a lightly-used and no-longer-needed mobility device from a twisted ankle, ski accident, or operation. I saw crutches at garage sales, in dumpsters, and unfortunately in roll-off containers headed to landfills. I knew that I had to do something, and this was the genesis of Crutches 4 Africa.
Our initial goal is to collect one million mobility devices and distribute them in Africa. To date, 58,000 crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs have been distributed to Africans in need. We distribute mobility devices to whoever needs them--regardless of race, gender, tribe, age, or religion. Our program is gaining momentum: in 2011 we shipped five 40-foot containers to four different African countries, and visited three of them ourselves to set up delivery and distribution plans. 2013 had us distributing with volunteers along to help in Uganda and Kenya. Early 2014 we and our team from Washington distributed in Ghana and plan to set up future recipient sites in South Africa. Zambia has just agreed to partner with us to get a shipment delivered this fall 2014.
Watch TV news coverage of us loading a shipping container with donated mobility devices in Maine: "Local Group Sends Crutches to East Africa" from WGME CBS 13.
Find out where to donate your unwanted mobility devices.
It takes just $3 for us to ship one pair of donated crutches to Africa.
...mobility devices have been collected, shipped, and distributed by Crutches 4 Africa with help from our partners and volunteers.
...African countries have received mobility devices from Crutches for Africa.
...other countries have received mobility devices from Crutches 4 Africa, including the United States.