There are an estimated 70 million people with disabilities in India. Among the most excluded in society due to lack of access to education and employment, most people with disabilities in the country are living in deep poverty and hugely affected by the stigma and the belief that disabled people are at fault or reliant on charity.
Walkabout started working in India in 2014, and recognised that as well as appropriate wheelchairs, there was an enormous need for increased education about disability and the government help available, adequate therapy and care, and educational opportunities for children with disabilities.
Our mission in India quickly expanded from providing high quality wheelchairs to those who need them most, to also providing education, rehabilitation and care for people with disabilities, their families and their communities.
% 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.
Dharmender is 11 years old and comes from a very poor family who live in a rural village outside Varanasi. When he joined our centre last year, he was barely able to sit up without support – let alone walk – and spent all his time sitting or lying inside his house. Thanks to the […]
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Aakash is 8 years old and is a sweet, intelligent boy with an adorable smile. When Aakash’s mother was pregnant with him, she was unwell, but couldn’t afford to go to the doctor. Aakash was born with cerebral palsy, and was never able to walk. Nor did he ever go to school – in spite […]
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In June 2017, we distributed 136 chairs in Bangalore and Varanasi, in some cases reaching recipients from extremely remote villages. It was here that we met Prakash, a 14 year old boy whose last wheelchair broke four years ago. This was the first time he had left his house since. Prakash was initially extremely shy […]
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Last week Walkabout returned to India to distribute a container of wheelchairs with our local partner, APD in Bangalore. In total we fitted 257 wheelchairs to children and adults suffering from a variety of conditions ranging from cerebral palsy (CP) to spinal cord injuries (SCls) very often sustained as a result of traffic collisions and […]
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On the 31st May 2014, Team Walkabout travelled to India for the first time to distribute 250 Leverage Freedom Chairs (LFC) alongside The Association of People with Disability (APD) Bangalore. Bryony and Georgie were accompanied by a team from GoGrit, designers and manufacturers of the LFC. The LFC is a new rough-terrain wheelchair where the […]