The percentage of the Haitian population suffering from physical handicaps and limited mobility is about 10%. Since 2007, Haiti’s Office of the Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities (BSEIPH – Bureau du Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Intégration des Personnes Handicapées) has worked to help integrate those with limited mobility into society. Crutches, walkers and wheelchairs are crucial to this effort. After the earthquake in 2010, thousands more needed devices to assist with mobility.
Global Links has formed a new partnership to provide mobility-assist devices to Haitians so that they can fully participate in society. Global Links recovers wheelchairs, walkers and crutches from US hospital partners and from the community. Volunteers ensure that every wheelchair is complete, crutches are paired, and walkers are clean and in good working order.
Two shipments containing 1,232 mobility aid devices were provided to BSEIPH during the pilot years (2013-2014). Our goal is to send two shipments this year. Working with dedicated partners in Haiti will ensure that the mobility devices from Global Links will directly improve mobility – and life – for thousands of Haitians.
To meet this goal, we need your help! Do you have crutches, canes, walkers, non-motorized wheelchairs in your basement or attic and don’t need them? We do! Items must be in decent shape and can be dropped off at our headquarters at 700 Trumbull Drive in Green Tree (15205) Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm or by appointment.
Because MOBILITY MATTERS! Thank you.