Just returned from our distribution trip in Uganda and received this note of thanks from someone we recently helped.
Hello Mr. Talbot this is A.C.R. from Gulu Uganda. On Behalf of persons with disabilities in Gulu district thank you very much for supporting us with the crutches. Please convey our appreciation to Crutches 4 Africa.
Convey our greetings to your colleagues, wife and other family members. We hope to see you again. I wish you God's blessings and good health in your work.
Hello David and Candice,
Hope you are fine and got home well. Thank you for the mobility aids which improved the mobility of those with mobility disability. Thanks for the dresses too which clothed naked children, some of whom you will never meet in life.
Your service put a smile on people's faces. The African lunch was good and thank you because I don't take sharing a meal as a very light moment in life. Wish you well and God bless you as you continue to bring hope and a smile to people's lives.
Regards from Rotary Club of Jinja. In the same spirit greetings to Rotarians of your club and your family members.
Watch TV news coverage of volunteers loading a shipping container with donated mobility devices in Maine.
This past spring The Rotary clubs of Borger, Dalhart & Dumas Texas invited David and Candice Talbot to come and share their vision about Crutches4Africa. Soon they commenced their collections. Reaching out to their communities through schools and places of worship, they collected over 1,000 pieces of equipment! Thanks to Larry (a firefighter) and Jim for driving this trailer load up from Texas! We unloaded the mobility devices into the AFW warehouse yesterday.
We met this 4 month old girl in Africa on our most recent visit. She was disfigured by a cleft palate and not thriving due to her birth defect. Her future was grim. By 6 months old, she has undergone reconstructive surgery thanks to Crutches 4 Africa. Her future is now bright and promising!
On my birthday, we traveled by van over horrible roads to a village west of Kisumu, Kenya. There, we were greeted with singing and more three hundred people hoping to receive some kind of help. There were of course those that needed mobility devices. But then there were those living with 3rd degree burns, MS, MD, Spina Bifida, amputations, leprosy, meningitis, hydrocephalic, birth defects, degenerating discs, gangrenous wounds, elephantitis and the list goes on. I sat for hours while the team of four others assisted with the distribution of mobility devices, and talked with and took photos of these suffering people. I touched them, looked them in the eye, blessed and encouraged them and prayed for them. My heart aching for their travail. A girl with one leg that came in with her arm around a friends shoulders, hopping, left with crutches. A girl crawled into a wheelchair, beaming at us all the while. So the pendulum swings, from elation to despair, in the matter of a moment. And it was the best birthday of my life.
- David (in Kenya, November 5th, 2013)