BENEFITING: Wheelchair Angels Inc
We are 6 individuals with a burning passion to help physically disabled, non-ambulatory children in the Middle East by providing each with rebuilt, specially fitted wheelchairs. Until recently, how we put that passion into action has been a private sort of thing between ourselves and a few close friends. We can no longer keep it that way, however, as the needs of these “Littlest Angels” is calling out too loudly.
And so we are asking for your help.
Nearly all of the children we serve are born (1) with a physical disability that prevents them from moving about—except by crawling, (2) into severe poverty—which places any treatment beyond reach, (3) with a social stigma that permeates their world, (4) into a birthplace that’s called the West Bank—one of the most volatile spots on earth.
And as if their particular place in the world weren't turbulent enough already, these Littlest Angels have also been handed a life sentence. They cannot go to school – cannot play outside – cannot do the fun things that other children love to do. Like jumping into their father’s arms, or riding a bike.
Instead, more often than not, they're confined to closets, kept behind closed doors, or even left outside since acknowledging a disabled child is regarded as speaking poorly of the parent. You might say these Littlest Angels don’t have a chance.
Which is what moved us initially to create Wheelchair Angels, Inc., and now compels that we ask for your help in making their lives a whole lot better.
(Here's Why We Are Asking)
Richard Stepan (one of our original 6 who gave up his job, sold his home and moved to the West Bank to volunteer his therapeutic services full time), drives a 16 year old VW Polo subcompact station wagon whenever he provides clinical visits to remote villages. The car is very small, will not seat more than 5 persons, and cannot carry more than 1 wheelchair user at a time. This means that every child who needs transportation to where Richard works requires 1—and possibly 2—single user round trips dedicated to that child . . . and there are hundreds of children! What’s more, as a child grows and generally engages more with the dusty, rocky streets of the West Bank, his or her wheelchair is almost always in need of repair or adjustment. Since most of the children he serves live in severe poverty, transportation is nearly always necessary.
As word of Wheelchair Angel’s work spreads within these remote villages, requests for his help has forced Richard to spend increasingly more time transporting patients—time that could better be spent giving these kids mobility.
(Here's What We Are Asking)
We need to purchase a vehicle that will allow Richard to transport multiple wheelchair users simultaneously whenever he does mobility visits to children in remote villages. Initially, we identified a VW Caddy flatbed that would well do the job but the problem was a $42,000+ price tag. (Used vehicles are very hard to come by in the West Bank—if at all.) As God would have it, while we were seeking His leading, a West Bank widow approached one of our friends with an offer to sell a used VW Transporter with fewer than 20,000 miles, a wheelchair lift, and 7 seats—for $24,000. An incredible deal! As with other such vehicles, seats can be removed for even more portability. Perhaps as importantly, this widow (whose husband of 33 years passed away last year from MS) is willing to give us 30 days to raise money for the purchase.
Would you please help us give mobility to these precious children from their hidden spaces and into their neighborhoods, their playgrounds, and schools. Please, won’t you donate generously to these kids? They desperately need a chance.
Please give TODAY--the clock has started on this opportunity. Thank you in advance for any amount you give!