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.
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)
Read about the spring distribution trip to Uganda and how much it costs to ship containers full of mobility devices to Africa in our July 2103 newsletter. Read more...
In September, David Talbot was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" by Rotary International. Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905.
In June, Parade magazine mentioned Crutches 4 Africa in "Places That Help Your Clutter Do Good". Read the full article.
Rob Chatfield and speaker Dave Talbot
On October 12, 2012 Dave and Candice spoke about Crutches 4 Africa at the Rotary Club of Portland, ME. The club has already collected 5,000 mobility devices and is setting up more collection sites in the area.
Read the full article at The Windjammer.