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Wheelchair Distribution, Canas, Liberia, San Jose Costa Rica

 

 The Projects

In three separate distributions, we assembled and handed out 1200 wheelchairs to very poor children and adults. For most, it was their first wheelchair, and their first chance for a normal life. Most of these disabled people were forced to stay in their families home day and night with few interactions with the outside world. The wheel chairs were an innovative light weight tube frame with white lawn chairs and bike tires at a cost to us of $44 each.

 The Adults and Children

Many children and adults’ conditions requiring a wheelchair could have been cured if only they were treated early. One example of this was a man named Claudio, 51 years old, who had arthritis since 8th grade. He lived his entire life without a wheelchair or any early intervention to slow or stop his condition.

 The Volunteers

The children and adults that volunteered from each village were wonderful people. In each wheelchair distribution, a multi cultural assembly line of Americans and Costa Ricans formed with people from age 8 to 75, working hand-in-hand putting 200 wheelchairs together from scratch. When we finished, we invited all the volunteers to have dinner with us in the local square. This was the type of community spirit that used to exist in the United States in the 30’s and 40’s, when our ancestors still lived in small towns.

The Result

We provided mobility to 1200 children and adults by assembling and handing out the chairs at town squares and also around other parts of the community, including nursing homes and hospitals. We completed three wheel chair distributions in the towns of Canas, San Jose and Liberia.

All events were covered by major television and newspapers, recognizing the multicultural international effort, and encouraging the Costa Rican government to do more for their disabled.

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