Irvine, CA, December 12, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Free Wheelchair Mission partners with companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, churches, etc. to provide wheelchairs to individuals living in poverty in 90 countries worldwide. Recently FWM partnered with Torrance, CA based company, Convaid to provide the gift of mobility in Vietnam.
The estimated population of Vietnam is almost 93,000,000 people. Of that population, 12.6% live on less than $2.25 US per day. Vietnam is FWM’s largest distribution area with more than 94,000 wheelchairs provided there since the first delivery in 2004. Although significant strides forward have been made in recent years by the Vietnamese government to help alleviate poverty, there still remains a vast need for support of the nation’s community of persons with physical disabilities. The Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in Vietnam estimates that more than 6% of the Vietnamese population lives with some form of disability, with a majority living in rural areas where the nation’s poverty is most profound.
“Pollution, after effects of war, an inadequate healthcare system and more is hurting the Vietnamese people. We want to do what we can to provide them the gift of mobility,” stated Reed Hartley, Executive Director of FWM. “We have made a commitment as an organization to continue to serve the people of Vietnam because no one should have to crawl.”
About Free Wheelchair Mission: Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) is a humanitarian, faith-based 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to “provide the transforming gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing countries, as motivated by Jesus Christ.” Wheelchairs are distributed fully-assembled free of charge to recipients and are given regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission has provided over 709,000 specially-made wheelchairs to individuals with disabilities in 90 countries around the world. They provide not only mobility, but share the gifts of dignity, independence and hope.