New Partnership – Crutches for Africa
The Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group has started yet another new partnership with Crutches4Africa, joining hands in our efforts to assist polio survivors. Crutches4Africa shares our passion for improving the live of polio survivors in developing countries andc has worked extensively in African countries. C4A has a long history of supplying mobility devices to those struggling with the crippling effects of the polio virus. Their focus is collecting new or gently used crutches, canes, and folding walkers and working with Rotarians in Africa to send full containers of mobility devices for distribution. For those not needing wheelchairs, these assistive devices allow many survivors greater ability to walk upright, restores their dignity and allows them the mobility to be more self sufficient. PSA has worked indirectly with Crutches4Africa through District 7780 sending a container of 5500 mobility devices to Nigeria in 2011 and plans to generate more projects with the help of our global friends.
We look forward to working with C4A on projects to provide greater accessibility and healthier lives through the gift of mobility. For more information on C4A please visit their website at www.crutches4africa.org
Continuing Partnership – Wheels of Hope
The Polio Survivors & Associates Rotary Action Group is also continuing our partnership with Wheels of Hope. Wheels of Hope is a unique 501 (c) 3 international leadership project of the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan, and a partnership agreement with four Rotary Clubs located in Jos, Nigeria.
This group is actively seeking contributions to give the gift of mobility and independence by providing a free wheelchair to polio survivors in the northern states of Nigeria, Africa. Your purchase makes an ideal gift, program honorarium, special recognition or congratulations—while providing mobility to Nigerian polio victims. This project will furnish all participating (donor) Rotary Clubs and individuals with certificates and polio survivor pictures. $75 purchases one wheelchair. Club project buys at levels ranging from 25 to 100 chairs are encouraged.
Wheelchairs are built from bicycle parts purchased in Nigeria by local workers at the Handicapped Advocacy and Rehabilitation Center in Jos, Nigeria, with oversight and financial control by local Rotarians.
PSA has worked with the Handicapped Advocation & Rehabilitation Center before — you can check out the project information by clicking here.
To find out more about Wheels of Hope visit the website at www.wheelsofhope.net.