There are over 70 million people worldwide who require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or relevant services. Based on global data, it is estimated that 23 million wheelchairs are needed annually. Currently, about 3 million wheelchairs are produced each year, resulting in a 20 million per year deficit. (according to International Society of Wheelchair Professionals website)
- We give priority to the needs and interests of people with disabilities. We encourage self-help and self-reliance among beneficiaries. We respect and foster internationally recognized human rights, on social, economic, civil, and political levels.
- We involve the beneficiary groups every step of the way, in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs. We seek to enhance equity among all stakeholders.
- We embrace internationally recognized policies on protection of children and vulnerable groups, following many successful years of hands-on work in developing countries.
- We endeavor to reduce and eliminate direct or indirect negative effect on the environment through all activities.
- We ensure that all activities that the organization carries out will be based on an understanding of and respect for the local history and culture of communities that we work in. With experience in cross-cultural settings, we understand the value of respect and sensitivity to various societies’ backgrounds and customs.