Free Wheelchair Mission is a faith-based charitable organization aimed at providing a safe and well-designed solution for those with physical disabilities around the world. Each wheelchair is designed from already available parts (such as wheels, castors, lawn chairs), and delivered to recipient locations in easy to assemble kits. Each chair only costs $59.20 to manufacture, and is distributed free of charge to recipients with physical disabilities. Charitable organizations around the world may request a minimum order of 550 wheelchairs, which they must then assemble and distribute in their local region. The price of manufacturing the chairs is raised through donations, and participating charitable organizations must raise funds in order to successfully distribute all 550 wheelchairs. The wheels are designed especially for all kinds of terrain, utilizing the strength of mountain bike tires and the speed of castors. All of the component pieces can be assembled directly onto the main steel frame according to a set of easy-to-follow instructions which are mailed with every kit.
Don Schoendorfer, inventor of the Free Wheelchair Mission custom wheelchair, holds degrees from both Columbia University and MIT. After seeing the lack of mobility solutions for the physically disabled while traveling in Morocco, Don began researching disability in developing countries and soon developed an inexpensive wheelchair. He and his wife founded Free Wheelchair Mission in 2001 in an effort to distribute these custom wheelchairs worldwide. Interested organizations can contact Free Wheelchair Mission to join the queue to receive a shipment of 550 wheelchairs for local distribution.
Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price (USD): 59.20