Malawi is one of the world’s most impoverished countries, ranking at 170 of 188 countries on the Human Development Index for 2016.
Over half of the population lives in poverty, and life is even more difficult for those living with a disability: 35% of people with disabilities have never attended school, and lack of appropriate wheelchairs means that many are unable to participate in their communities or sometimes even leave their own home.
% 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.
On the 25th July, Team Walkabout returned to Malawi for a second time to individually fit 250 wheelchairs. Bryony and Stefanie were accompanied by summer intern, Phaedra de Saint Rome on this trip to work in partnership with MAP (Malawi Against Physical Disability). During the week, the team travelled the entire length of the country […]
In May 2012, WALKABOUT FOUNDATION teamed up with Partners in Health (PIH) once again to donate and distribute 300 RoughRider wheelchairs in Malawi. After two successful distribution trips with PIH in Haiti and Rwanda, Walkabout was asked by PIH to send a container of wheelchairs to Neno, Malawi, one of the poorest rural districts in […]