Friday, July 7, 2017

From @FWMission ...Friday Story: "Greetings from Peru"

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.

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Friday Story: "Greetings from Peru"

Over the past week, I have been with a team in Peru, meeting with our local partner and distributing wheelchairs to people such as Pedro, a strong and determined 39-year-old who does his best to provide for his wife and two children. We met Pedro as he sold pastries on a crowded bus platform.

Pedro was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was eight years old. His legs aren’t strong enough for him to walk, so he requires assistance to move about. His 16-year-old daughter would take him to the bus station on her way to school, and his friends would carry him up the stairs to get his vending post. Pedro dreamed of having a wheelchair that would allow him to travel to the market and sell his pastries there ...

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