17 YEARS– UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCP Wheels) began in 1995 as the result of a small group of volunteers’ deep concern for individuals with physical disabilities in developing countries who were without opportunity because they couldn’t access the tool they needed most to exercise self-determination—a wheelchair. What began as a one-time project to collect, repair, and deliver 130 wheelchairs to people in Guatemala became an experience that initiated the formal incorporation of Wheels for Humanity as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1996, and inspired the support of the many individuals who have since offered their time and resources to secure the dignity of more than 60,000 disabled children and adults in more than 70 developing countries throughout the world.
70 COUNTRIES– UCP Wheels serves children and adults in developing countries who would otherwise not be able to access mobility. We pursue projects in underprivileged regions of the world because of the growing number of disabled individuals and the overwhelming need for wheelchairs and other ambulatory aid. In the developing countries where our work takes place, oppression, discrimination, poverty, poor nutrition, lack of clean water, and lack of immunization against disease have been a way of life for most of the individuals we serve. Find out where we have worked and what our current active countries are here.
313,300 PEOPLE– Personal mobility is an asset that an entire family benefits from. Parents who struggled to carry their children, or couldn’t access employment because they didn’t want to leave their son or daughter at home all day, find relief. Siblings who were sacrificing their education or community engagement to help care for their brother or sister have increased opportunities. This number is a reflection of that story. It is the sum of the number of people to whom UCP Wheels has provided wheelchairs over the course of our 17-year history, and estimates on how that service has impacted the people around them. We estimate that a caregiver enjoys 75% of the utility that the primary wheelchair recipient does, and the rest of the household (the size of which is estimated based on fertility rates by country provided in the CIA FactBook) enjoys 25% of the utility. For example, if we provide a wheelchair in Jamaica, where the fertility rate in 2013 is 2.09, we would calculate our total household impact by knowing that we impacted the wheelchair recipient (1 person), their caregiver (.75), and their siblings (.523), making our total household impact 2.27 people positively impacted by our work.