Haiti has the lowest Human Development Index in the Americas, and the richest 1% of the population own the same wealth as 45% of the poorest Haitians. It has suffered from decades of political instability, and is frequently affected by devestating natural disasters.
The situation is even more drastic for people with disabilities, who often lack access to basic commodities such as food, water, shelter and care.
Walkabout started working in Haiti just 6 days after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which killed 230,000 people and injured an estimated 300,000, many of whom were left with long-term disabilities. Since then, we have conducted 11 distributions and made a pledge to distribute 10,000 chairs in the country.
% living below poverty line
Year started working
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.
In June 2018, we headed to Haiti to distribute 163 paediatric wheelchairs. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and has recently experienced massive political and social upheaval, with riots and violence leaving the country in distress. It is home to some of the world’s most underprivileged children. We visited the […]
100 wheelchairs are now making their way to Haiti, just in time for Christmas, as part of Walkabout’s ongoing commitment to change more lives and help the country recover from the devastating earthquake back in 2010. This directly follows on from another very successful distribution of 300 wheelchairs in November, bringing the total number of […]
Team Walkabout recently travelled to Haiti, the country where we first donated wheelchairs after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Monica Gonzalez-Bunster and Director of Programs Stefanie Haigh took a trip to Port-au-Prince, Fond des Blancs, Cap-Haitien and Central Plateau to meet some of the individuals whose lives have been changed by the donation of a […]
https://www.walkaboutfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/b-2.jpg7201280Tiago Silvahttps://www.walkaboutfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/walkabout-foundation-logo-black.pngTiago Silva2013-04-22 12:26:292018-06-22 12:53:41Haiti 2013 with Greenwich Country Day School
On April 15th 2013, Walkabout Foundation and a group from Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) travelled to Haiti to individually distribute dozens of RoughRider wheelchairs to adults and kids in need all across the country. After GCDS hosted a walkathon at its campus this past October and raised $47,000, the equivalent of 156 wheelchairs, GCDS […]
When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Leon Gaisli lost everything. His home was flattened, his wife and all eight of his children were killed and when he was pulled from the rubble, he was paralysed from the waist down. For Leon, his RoughRider wheelchair represented a means to regain his physical strength and sense […]
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We are incredibly proud to announce that Walkabout has pledged to donate 10,000 wheelchairs to Haiti over the next five years. On Wednesday, May 14th 2012, Walkabout Foundation was invited to attend a special ceremony and press conference in Port-au-Prince with Gerald Oriol, Haiti’s Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, in […]
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On December 27, 2010, Carolina, her father Rolando, Philippe Chryssicopoulos, Daniele Benatoff and Maria Luz Porcella travelled to Haiti to donate 200 more wheelchairs to Partners in Health (Zanmi Beni) in Port-au-Prince. The wheelchairs have been received by Partners in Health but will soon be distributed to people around the country. The Walkabout team spent […]
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Walkabout Foundation travelled to Haiti on May 18, 2010 with 400 “rough rider” wheelchairs manufactured by the social enterprise, Whirlwind Wheelchair International, and was able to fit and adjust each spinal cord injured patient and amputee to his/her chair. Walkabout donated the 400 chairs to Partners in Health and leveraged off of PIH’s infrastructure and […]
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On January 18, 2010, 6 days after the devastating earthquake hit the Caribbean nation of Haiti, Carolina and her father Rolando travelled to Port-au-Prince on behalf of Walkabout Foundation. Walkabout Foundation will donate 1,000 wheelchairs to Haiti over the course of the next few weeks and is scheduled to deliver the first 400 wheelchairs on […]
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