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Walkabout Foundation Returns to Ghana!

In May 2023, the Walkabout team returned to Ghana for the first time since 2012, to distribute 175 custom-fitted wheelchairs to locals with mobility disabilities across the country.

We worked together with our local partners, Orthopaedic Training Centre (OTC) and Kabaka Foundation. This wheelchair distribution wouldn’t be possible without the support of Tullow Ghana Limited, and we are very grateful for their generosity.

It was an amazing week, filled with joy, happiness and gratitude. We would like to thank every single person who helped make this distribution happen. On behalf of all the beneficiaries whose lives were changed during this distribution, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We would like to once again thank our donors and our local partners, for helping us change so many lives and restore dignity, freedom and independence to people with mobility disabilities in Ghana.

Walkabout’s Closet Treasure Sale 2023

Digital Monitoring and Evaluation Pilot Project

Two years ago, we launched our first-ever Digital Monitoring & Evaluation Pilot Project together with our partner, Hope Health Action, aiming to assess the impact of wheelchairs and tricycles on the quality of life of our beneficiaries. We worked together with a local team to co-design an online survey and follow up on past beneficiaries from northern Uganda, who received one of our wheelchairs or tricycles between 2017 and 2020. The project not only assessed the impact of our wheelchairs, but also identified any service gaps and need for repairs.

While measuring the impact of a wheelchair or trike on someone’s life, we looked at the quality of life and wellbeing, education, employment, social inclusion, independence, wheelchair and trike satisfaction and repairs. The data collected showed that wheelchairs and tricycles, as part of a holistic approach to disability-care provision, significantly contribute to improving the lives of people with mobility disabilities, despite the many challenges they still face. For example, based on this study, 90% of our beneficiaries said their quality of life had improved, with approximately 90% of adults and children saying they are more included in the community after receiving their wheelchair or tricycle.

There is still a lack of data across the international development sector that looks at the challenges faced by people with disabilities or the impact of providing assistive technology. We hope this report will shine a light on the importance of access to assistive technology, and the work that still needs to be done to improve the opportunities for people with mobility disabilities in developing countries.

Click below to read the full report.

Annual Report 2020-2021

200 wheelchairs for children in the Dominican Republic

In October 2022, the Walkabout Team returned to the Dominican Republic to provide 200 paediatric wheelchairs to children in need. For this distribution, we worked together with our partner,Centro de Atención Integral para la Discapacidad (CAID), and a group of volunteers from Team Canada Healing Hands. 

The majority of the kids we met never had a wheelchair before, and for them their new chair represented a world of new opportunities – to go to school, make new friends, and be independent for the very first time. On behalf of all the children whose lives were changed during this distribution, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. None of this would be possible without your support. 

To support our work in the Dominican Republic and provide mobility to kids in need, donate today by clicking below.

Walkabout supports new ground-breaking SCI Research study

We are so excited to announce that we are continuing our mission of finding a cure for paralysis by once again partnering with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and funding their new Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) research study, “Functional Restoration after Spinal Cord Injury by Hebbian and Transcutaneous Spinal Stimulation”.

The study will test patients with Spinal Cord Injuries, using Hebbian and transcutaneous electrical stimulations combined with exercise training in order to promote the recovery of function.

Finding a cure for paralysis is at the core of Walkabout’s mission. We are committed to supporting ground-breaking SCI research efforts, and we are hopeful about the prospect of finding a cure in the near future.

If you would like to support this study and help us get one step closer to finding a cure for paralysis, please, donate today.

Feruzi’s Story

Feruzi lives in Kiangai and has Cerebral Palsy. Both his parents are very supportive and do their best to take care of him and each other. After receiving his wheelchair life became so much better for Feruzi and his parents! Now they can take him to church, and he is much more involved in his local community. His wheelchair makes it so much easier for his parents to move him around and he can play with his toys using the tray attached to the chair!

Almasi’s Story

Almasi is from Karatina in Kenya. Since receiving her wheelchair her quality of life has improved so much, she is one of the happiest children in her village! Life was very hard for Almasi before her wheelchair, she was very isolated and couldn’t attend school. Now it is much easier for her to go out, she can travel to school and be much more independent. Her caregiver is also now able to work while Almasi is at school! She feels included in her local community and can participate in more activities when she is at home.

Walkabout Returns to Northern Uganda

Northern Uganda hosts one of the world’s biggest refugee populations, with approximately 2 million refugees residing in the region today. Because of the South Sudanese war the country is under extreme pressure, and the need for wheelchairs is at an all time high.

This May, Walkabout returned to Uganda to distribute 320 wheelchairs and 50 trikes together with our incredible partners, World Action Fund and Hope Health Action. These chairs came from our Wheelchair Assembly & Repair Centre in Kenya, where they were built by our local team. So far, our partners have distributed 155 wheelchairs and 31 tricycles, and we look forward to distributing the rest in the coming months!

The need in the region is still overwhelming, and we need your support to help those in dire need. Click below to help us continue changing lives in Uganda.

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