The Wheelchair Project
“Independence is freedom.” ~Susan B. Anthony
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One of the greatest freedoms is having the independence and autonomy to do what you want when you want. A toddler learning to run from his mother, a preschooler heading to school alone for the first time, or a school-aged child learning to ride a bike are all learning to revel in independence. Unfortunately, for children born with physical challenges, this kind of independence may not be possible without assistance.
For children growing up in an institution, this can be especially true. Children who are not able to move on their own often have to wait for someone to help them move or to carry them where they need to go. As the children grow, it becomes increasingly difficult for caregivers to lift the children, let alone carry them.
Wheelchairs can be a ticket to freedom for many children, as well as a great help to orphanage staff. A child who otherwise cannot move around may be able to wheel herself into another room or may be able to ask a friend to push her along with the other children. For children in foster care, a wheelchair means that they are able to leave the house or apartment and join in the fun with neighborhood children. A wheelchair may actually enable foster families to continue to care for children as they grow too big to carry.
LWB’s Special Projects Program would like to provide wheelchairs or new wheelchairs to three special children at the Qianxi orphanage to enable them more fully participate in life.
Bang is 11 years old. He has become too tall for nannies to safely carry him from room to room. A wheelchair will enable him to more easily and safely move to different rooms in his orphanage.
Qian is 15 years old. (Isn’t her smile just lovely?) Her current wheelchair no longer moves easily and the foot rests are missing, which are needed to support her feet and legs. Dangling feet can be very uncomfortable and unsafe. A new wheelchair with proper leg support will enable her to keep up with friends with confidence and comfort.
Xiao is 8 years old and needs a wheelchair so she can continue to join her friends as they move from room to room.
Each wheelchair will be selected for the individual needs of each child. The average price of a good quality wheelchair available in China is $315. Your donation of any amount to our Physical Therapy Fund will help us provide wheelchairs to these deserving children and others who are waiting for their own ticket to freedom and independence.
Soon Bang, Qian, and Xiao will be zipping around Qianxi with their friends, enjoying a taste of freedom.