When you purchase from mPOWER Chairs, we will donate a portion of the proceeds to help provide wheelchairs to those in need in developing countries. It is estimated that at least 75 million children, teens, and adults are in need of a wheelchair, but cannot afford one. Without mobility, these individuals are often left confined to their rooms, hindered from going to school, making a living, or participating in community without a loved one carrying them.
For this reason, we have chosen to partner with Free Wheelchair Mission to donate a portion of every sale to the cause of mobility.
The following stories document how your purchase through mPOWER Chairs can change lives.
An Act of Love for Others
High up in the Andes Mountains of Peru, in a small village at the end of a winding dirt road, lives a 33-year-old woman named Roció.
Roció contracted polio at the age of six. She walks with great difficulty, using a stick for support, and has never had a wheelchair before.
This tenacious young mother refuses to see her disability as an obstacle in her life. She works hard, doing her best to care for her husband and their three children while earning some income as a crafts teacher.
Still, having mobility would help make her day-to-day life much easier.
Roció prayed and waited patiently for a wheelchair. Then, when she finally received one through our Free Wheelchair Mission's local distribution partner, Camino de Vida Church, she broke down and wept.
“This is the first time I have seen someone donate wheelchairs in my area,” she said through tears. “There is a lot of need in my town. Thank you for having a generous heart. I thank God for bringing you here to do this act of love for others.”
With her new wheelchair, Roció is most excited about being better able to contribute to the well-being of her family.
Love and Hope to Others
“Life was hectic,” expressed Odetta, a 38-year-old mother in Rwanda.
Not only does she have her hands full raising four kids, ages three to 12, she also serves as the full-time caregiver to her 14-year-old brother, Ildephonse.
Ildephonse needs help walking, and with Odetta and her husband always being occupied with providing for the family’s needs, he would usually be confined to their modest home.
“I wished to go to school and play with other children of my age and my friends, but I could not because I could not easily walk to them, which used make me feel lonely,” lamented Ildephonse.
“Whenever he mentioned that to me, I would feel very sorry for him,” said Odetta through tears. Although she longed to help, she just didn’t have the time needed to get him to school each day, nor could she afford a wheelchair for him.
But thanks to the generosity of friends like you, Ildephonse received a new wheelchair in 2019, through Free Wheelchair Mission's distribution partner, Food for the Hungry.
With mobility, Ildephonse can now get something to eat by himself when he’s hungry, and he can go outside to socialize with his neighbors. You’ll often find him outside, cracking jokes with his friends.
Most importantly, Ildephonse was finally able to start going to school. “I was attending (third grade) before the COVID-19 outbreak, and that was what I most wanted,” he told us. His sister was thrilled that his dream came true, grateful and relieved that he now has hope for a better future, which she had been praying for.
“God is really great and has never abandoned the needy ones,” said Ildephonse. He expressed his gratitude to all involved for “extending love and hope to others who seem hopeless.”