Irvine, CA, May 16, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- A recent Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) container was successfully imported into an area in Syria where delivering aid can be difficult, and all the wheelchairs were distributed within eight days.
Through collaboration with Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) the container of 440 FWM GEN_3 wheelchairs cleared customs and arrived in the city of Tartous. CAM worked with churches, hospitals, nursing homes and social centers in six different cities to identify the need and distribute the wheelchairs. Their advanced planning and coordination allowed them to quickly assemble and distribute all the wheelchairs.
“It is hard to read the news and not feel guilt that we are sitting passively while there is such suffering in this world. Today I feel a little different after receiving such a positive report from the arrival of our first container in Syria,” said Don Schoendorfer, FWM Founder and President.
Recipients and their families were grateful for the physical relief the wheelchairs provided as well as the dignity and pride they felt with their increased mobility.
“As a church-related organization, we gained respect with the government because we are seen to be helping the society at large, not only our own,” CAM reported.
The need is still great in Syria, and FWM is working to send more containers as soon as possible.
About Free Wheelchair Mission:
Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, Calif. In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, FWM has been providing wheelchairs to those in need around the world since 2001 providing dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility.
For more information about Free Wheelchair Mission, please visit freewheelchairmission.org.