The World Health Organisation reports an estimated 1% of the world’s population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair. The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities
Wheels for the World is a overseas programme of Through the Roof, restoring and distributing refurbished wheelchairs, giving them increased independence and demonstrating the love of God in a practical way.
Wheels for the World sends old NHS wheelchairs to a workshop in one of our partner prisons for refurbishment. Prisoners find great satisfaction in this work which helps restore their self worth and dignity. The hub of operations is a warehouse unit in Aldershot (follow this link for the address and a map to the warehouse), where unwanted wheelchairs are received and prepared for transporting to the prison, then received back from the prison in their restored state and loaded into containers for shipping.
‘Today marks my most happiest moment of my life to see my grandmother Susan has acquired a wheelchair through the Wheel for the World initiative’, Phillip, from Kirinyaga
Then a container of wheelchairs and other mobility aids is sent in advance of the team arrival. A typical distribution usually lasts 8 – 12 days with a team of 6- 10 people staying in basic accommodation.
Our therapists fit all our chairs most carefully to ensure safety and comfort, and all recipients and family members are instructed in the correct use and maintenance of their chair.
Wheels for the World meets the practical needs of the disabled person with a wheelchair and, as we are a Christian charity, we offer recipients a Bible in their own language and local people share the Christian message. Wheelchairs are given according to need regardless of whether the recipient has a faith or not. Team members speak in local churches and community halls, spreading the message of including disabled people and training church leaders.
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