World Wheelchair Foundation

“Most people think of a wheelchair as a restriction on human movement, but for millions of disabled people, a wheelchair is not just a restriction, it’s a freedom. It’s the freedom to move, to go to school, to work. It can be seen that a wheelchair is hope, independence, and most importantly, self-esteem.”

——Mr. Behring, founder and chairman of the World Wheelchair Foundation

The World Wheelchair Foundation was established on June 13, 2000 by the famous American philanthropist Kenneth Eugene Behring. , to spread the joy of giving, to enhance friendship in the world, and to give wheelchairs to every man, woman, and child who need a wheelchair. The World Wheelchair Foundation will give these people movement, freedom and hope.

1. About the World Wheelchair Foundation

Action: The most basic human rights

More than 100 million people in the world today are deprived of the right to move due to wars, disasters, disease or advanced age. They may just need the help of a wheelchair to cross the street and pass the room, but don’t have the financial means to buy it. The World Wheelchair Foundation believes that these people, regardless of nationality, deserve the independence and dignity that a wheelchair brings to them.

It is estimated that at least 100 million children, adolescents and adults worldwide need a wheelchair but cannot afford it. Some international organizations believe this figure could be as high as 6 percent of the developing world’s population. In Angola, the figure is 20% of the population of 12 million. Other countries, such as Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Mozambique, have extremely high rates of physical disability.


The World Wheelchair Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to driving forces around the world to pay attention to the needs and abilities of people with disabilities, to spread the joy of giving, to enhance friendship in the world, and to provide wheelchairs to every man, woman, and child who need a wheelchair. The World Wheelchair Foundation will bring movement, freedom and hope to these people.


Free wheelchairs for all children, teens and adults in need of wheelchairs around the world. And to further raise awareness that transporting wheelchairs in developing countries around the world is no longer an unaffordable item.


The World Wheelchair Foundation distributes wheelchairs globally through a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have their own missions and well-established organizational structures to carry out humanitarian relief missions in wheelchair destination countries. These local partners are responsible for all aspects of wheelchair importation, transport and proper distribution to children who can now go to school, adults who can now go to work, and seniors who can become active members of family life and society again.


Just donate $150 to support the Wheelchair Foundation’s mission by helping to purchase and deliver new wheelchairs to those in need. For every $150 tax-deductible donation, you’ll receive a personalized thank you certificate with a color photo of the wheelchair recipient whose quality of life has been greatly enhanced by the gift of a wheelchair.


Wheelchairs distributed by the World Wheelchair Foundation have overweight wheels, tires and front casters, sealed bearings and nylon seats that make wheelchairs the best solution for most situations, designed for the harsh conditions of developing countries.

In order to bring freedom of movement to thousands of people with disabilities, and hope, action and a new independent life for those who have been lying on the sickbed all year round and cannot see the outside world, the World Wheelchair Foundation is dedicated to those who are impoverished and lost. Wheelchairs are donated to people with mobility, and the World Wheelchair Foundation makes every effort to call on all forces in society to pay attention to this need of people with disabilities.

The work of the World Wheelchair Foundation

1. Love School Project

The World Wheelchair Foundation’s “Caring Schools Project” started in 2009 with 20 students from Treeview Elementary School in Hayward. The goal of the Caring School Project at the time was to show these students that no matter how hard they thought their life was, there were even fewer people in the rest of the world than they had. That year, the 20 students raised $221 to buy two wheelchairs to send to Chile.

Since then, the Caring Schools Project has grown to include more than 50,000 students from more than 50 schools, raising up to $100,000 a year.

Project goals include:

● Raise awareness of the world’s mobility needs

●Increase the sensitivity of students and teachers to the issues faced by people with intellectual development and physical disabilities

● Raise funds and provide wheelchairs for those in need

2. Thanksgiving Tuesday

How donations are used

Every donation helps the World Wheelchair Fund to immediately improve the lives of people with physical disabilities and make a difference in the lives of every member of their family. Through December 31, 2020, the Wheelchair Foundation will match all donations of $150 or more and double the value of your donation.

gift of any amount

By providing free wheelchairs to recipients and their families, support the Wheelchair Foundation’s goal of providing mobility to any man, woman, teen or child.

“Thanksgiving Tuesday” time

In 2021, Thanksgiving Tuesday is on December 1, 2020. Thanksgiving Tuesday is a national event held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. It was established to kick off the giving season and encourage people to make charitable donations to nonprofits.

“Thanksgiving Tuesday” Choices

Giving: One of the main ways to participate in Thanksgiving Tuesday is on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, when people donate to a charity or nonprofit of their choice.

Fundraising: People can also invite friends and family to help them raise money for charities, which will increase their donations. People can use their social accounts to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation.

Volunteering: Another way to get involved is to volunteer for a charity. Volunteers are invaluable for helping with necessary work. Some nonprofits also offer virtual volunteer opportunities.

Encourage others: After giving, fundraising or volunteering, people can encourage others to get involved by sharing their participation by using the popular hashtag #ThanksTuesday.

3. Wheelchair recycling

The wheelchairs all have the following features: removable armrests and swinging footrest, red powder-coated frame, black nylon fire-resistant interior, front wheels with polyurethane tires, rear magnetic wheels with solid tires.

Wheelchairs from the World Wheelchair Foundation weigh an average of 45 pounds and are made of powder-coated steel tubing designed to reduce maintenance costs. For easy transport, they fold and feature removable armrests, swinging footrests, solid rubber tires, composite rims, sealed bearings and heavy-duty front casters for uneven terrain. The World Wheelchair Foundation can buy and ship wheelchairs from their partners around the world for an average of $150. This wheelchair typically costs $500 in the United States, but the large number of products purchased has enabled the World Wheelchair Foundation to deliver each wheelchair for about $150 via a 280-seat wheelchair shipping container. In some developing countries, the same type of wheelchair can cost as much as $1,700.

It is important that wheelchairs are properly fitted for people with special needs and special medical conditions. Therefore, the World Wheelchair Foundation offers wheelchairs with different seat widths. Their wheelchairs come in 5 sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 inch seat widths. 12-inch and 14-inch wheelchairs are generally available for children and small adults; 16-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheelchairs are generally available for adults. The World Wheelchair Foundation allows organisations that distribute wheelchairs to specify a specific number of each size wheelchair that is best for the recipients they identify. The World Wheelchair Foundation has also made their partners aware that their wheelchairs are not suitable for people with severe disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, polio (in some cases), spinal cord injuries or motor control impairments. These individuals may require special seating arrangements, or a more specialized wheelchair. However, the World Wheelchair Foundation does leave the final decision to partner organisations to decide whether their wheelchair is suitable for the end user. The World Wheelchair Foundation found that most people they serve would benefit from receiving a standard manual wheelchair. A small percentage of these people require more specialized equipment. It was also found that, within any given population, when asked to identify persons with disabilities, the most extreme examples were often presented first. The World Wheelchair Foundation encourages their partner organisations to seek the help of qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists in their country to assist in the distribution of wheelchairs.

When providing a wheelchair to a grantee, it is necessary to weigh the benefits of having a wheelchair versus not having a wheelchair at all. The interests of the recipient’s family must also be taken into account. Does the wheelchair allow the family to better care for the recipient? Does accepting a wheelchair mean that the caregiver will no longer have to carry the recipient everywhere, whether it is to work in the field, see the doctor or go to the bathroom? Does receiving a wheelchair allow for beneficial mobility (contact with family and community), even if it means limited ability to sit only in the family room or outside the home, rather than lying on the floor or bed all the time, etc.? Note that the vast majority of wheelchairs distributed by the World Wheelchair Foundation go to underdeveloped countries. In developing countries, many times, even with funding, wheelchairs are unavailable or inaccessible. Individuals who receive a World Wheelchair Foundation wheelchair cannot purchase it themselves, or have no access to a source of wheelchairs. Many people who receive their wheelchairs are doing so for the first time in their lives, whether it’s 5 or 75 years old.

If the recipient receives a wheelchair and chooses not to use it for some reason, it is beyond the control of the World Wheelchair Foundation. At the time of distribution, it is assessed whether the recipient really needs a wheelchair. Most recipients are identified as valuable recipients in need before the wheelchair actually arrives in their country. When the World Wheelchair Foundation provides a wheelchair to the recipient, it becomes their property and its use is at their discretion.

Since its inception on June 13, 2000, the World Wheelchair Foundation has worked tirelessly to develop wheelchair distribution in as many countries as possible. More than 1,080,000 free wheelchairs have been distributed and pledged to 150 countries and regions around the world, bringing good news to many people with mobility impairments but unable to buy wheelchairs. The World Wheelchair Foundation will continue to work hard to develop new or better distribution channels, serve more regions of the world under the existing planning, and bring independence, hope and freedom to more people in need.

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