As one of South America’s most stable and developed nations, Chile leads Latin American countries in many rankings, such as human development and income per capita.
Yet disability is still an issue. In 2011, when we visited, 6.3% of the population had a form of disability. Of this segment of the population, only 2.88% had a paid job.
The 2010 earthquake – the eighth strongest recorded quake in history – affected millions of Chileans, leaving many with mobility disabilities and without wheelchairs.
% living below poverty line
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Number of distributions
This number is based on UCP Wheels for Humanity’s multiplier, which takes the birth rate in each country and estimates that one wheelchair impacts the beneficiaries life in full, 0.75% of his or her primary caregiver’s life and 0.25% of the surrounding family members’ (siblings) lives.
On 2 September 2011, Walkabout Foundation, represented by Carolina and her mother Monica, director Marissa Sackler, and summer fellow Katrin Alberding from Harvard Business School, travelled to Chile with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation to personally deliver 300 RoughRider wheelchairs to individuals affected by all different sorts of mobility disabilities and the February 2010 earthquake, the […]
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