In a country where self-sufficiency is crucial to survival, a disability can have a devastating impact on a person quality of life. In Vietnam there are millions of disabled adults and children. Caring and transporting disabled people is a huge demand on a family; when that family is living in poverty, the challenges like earning a wage or continuing education, can become insurmountable.
Since 2006, HSCV, with the support of local volunteer associations and NGOs, has overseen the distribution of more than 40,000 wheelchairs throughout North Central and Northern Vietnam. Together with donors Free Wheelchair Mission & program partners to the south Giving It Back to Kids, we work to ensure that the gift of mobility is received by needy children, adults and elderly people throughout Vietnam.
Cargo containers of wheelchairs are shipped to Vietnam at no cost to HSCV, however, HSCV has to pay for in country training, transportation and distribution costs, which average $500 per container. Funds are needed to pay for these charges and keep this vital program running.
There are so many wonderful stories about how a single wheelchair can make a huge impact on so many people’s lives. One simple example was recently provided buy a middle aged man who had been housebound for almost 20 years. He told us that now he had his wheelchair, the best part of his day was going for ‘walks’ with his grandson.
So little can do so much good!