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13 Wheel Chairs Needed at Orphanage

$6,751 of $5,600 goal

Raised by 65 people in 13 months
With your help, we are going to send 13 custom fitted wheelchairs to 13 disabled children at the Melissa’s Hope Orphanage in Haiti.


Melissa's Hope is an orphanage in Haiti that is home to 22 kids, 13 with severe disabilities. It's also a school and day camp for 70 kids that has become a pillar in the community. Visiting Melissa's Hope is a breath of fresh air. It's staffed by good people who encourage the kids to learn and play in an atmosphere that feels a lot like summer camp.

An emerging concern however, is that the disabled children have grown out of their old and overused wheelchairs, chairs that are too small, and often held together with duct tape. But we have an amazing opportunity to fix this problem. Global Mobility, an organization that provides wheelchairs to people around the world, has committed to provide brand new, custom built and fitted wheelchairs to Melissa’s Hope for just $350 per wheelchair. This includes shipping and a team of experts who will personally fit each child to a new and comfortable wheelchair.

This is an exciting offer from a reputable organization, and we wholeheartedly accept. So on this campaign, our goal is to raise $5,600. This will pay for 13 wheelchairs, parts, tools, and 3 additional wheelchairs that will go to others in the community who need them.

Thanks so much for visiting this page. Absolutely any amount you donate is appreciated more than you know. If you can sponsor an entire wheelchair, wonderful! But every donation counts, and they add up quickly, so please don’t hesitate to give even a small amount.

In Haiti, the word “Pataje” means to share. Pataje is the guiding principal of Melissa’s Hope, and it is the inspiration behind this campaign. To learn more about Melissa’s Hope and the meaning of Pataje, see this beautiful video: http://melissashope.org/pataje/ . To learn more about Global Mobility, visit www.globalmobility.org

More details of our Pataje (Sharing) Mission:

• 100% of donations go toward the wheelchairs.  No administration fee, no overhead costs, no waste.  

• David Richards, the founder of Global Mobility, will provide the wheelchairs.  Learn more about the chairs in this short video .  Global Mobility will build the chairs at their factory in Guatemala and then travel to Haiti where they will custom fit each child's individual needs. 

• DHL has agreed to deliver the wheel chairs at no charge!  This is a huge cost savings for this mission.

• The funds raised on this campaign will go directly to global Mobility and you'll receive a receipt for your tax deductible contribution.

• Any donation you give brings us all closer to meeting our $5,600 goal. Small donations are absolutely welcome and appreciated. If you can donate $350, then you’ve covered an entire wheelchair! If you’d like to sponsor one of the children in particular, let us know and we’ll send you photos of that child in their new custom wheelchair.
 
Please donate today if you can!  The sooner we raise the money, the sooner the children will receive the gift of mobility.  I guarantee you won't regret it.  And you'll gain good Karma in the process! :) 

With Sincere gratitude,
SAM, CONNIE AND JULIAN
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Hi everyone. I finally was able to edit together the footage we got at Melissa's Hope back in December. It's heart warming to see these children receive their new wheelchairs. And it all happened because of your support. So again, THANK YOU SO MUCH! More fund raising projects coming.....Fall 2019. Stay Tuned!
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TOGETHER, WE MADE IT HAPPEN!

This campaign started back in early 2018 with a simple conversation. Now, 13 beautiful children in Haiti are sitting comfortably in brand new wheelchairs, Thanks to everyone that supported this cause. My nephew Sammy and I flew out to Haiti on December 16th to help document the distribution of the wheelchairs. We were joined by David Richard (Founder of Global Mobility, the non profit that supplied the wheelchairs) along with Chris Rea (Owner of Majors Medical Supplies). They were there to custom fit / adjust each wheelchair to the needs of each child. Chris volunteers with Dave on a regular basis and is an amazing individual. It took 2 full days to do the fittings. Pascal and his wife Charlotte (owners of Melissa’s Hope) were beyond thankful to everyone who supported this cause. They’ve been trying to find a way to get new wheelchairs for many years. It was truly a Christmas miracle in their eyes.

Though we’re very excited about this accomplishment, our job is not done. We hope to provide more wheelchairs to other orphanages across Haiti. 2019 in a new year filled with unlimited possibilities. Together, we can make a big difference in the lives of those who are in need.

THANK YOU AGAIN for your support!
Sending our deepest gratitude.

Love,
Sam, Connie and Julian
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THE WHEELCHAIRS HAVE ARRIVED IN HAITI!

A big Thank you to everyone who supported this cause, we're near the finish line. After a few weeks of waiting, DHL was finally able to ship our wheelchairs to Haiti (for free!). Tomorrow, a few of us will be traveling to the orphanage to help with the custom fitting of the wheelchairs. David Richard, Founder of Global Mobility, will be flying to Haiti personally to help with the custom fitting of the wheelchairs to each child. I'll be documenting this to bring back and share with everyone. We're so grateful for each and every one of your donations. We recognize that it takes a village to help the greater cause and you all have stepped up in a big way. I'll be sending another update with photos upon my return. I'm honored to be able to represent all of us in Haiti. Pascal, the manager at the orphanage said "Early Christmas gift for our children.......it was a dream and now becoming a reality.....Thanks to everyone who supported our project".

I'll be in touch!
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Thank you so much to the early donors. Your support means a lot to us. I've posted a couple of new photos. one is from my Nephew Joey holding one of the children from the orphanage on a visit to Mellisa's hope a few years back. You'll also see Pascal, the fearless leader at Mellisa's Hope. He's the one that deserves all the praise.

If you haven't already donated, please consider doing so. We still have a decent amount to raise! Remember, your support will guarantee good karma for years to come (or your money back!).
My Nephew holding a child at orphanage
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$6,751 of $5,600 goal

Raised by 65 people in 13 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Global Mobility
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