In 2003, the Knights of Columbus began participating in the Global Wheelchair Mission and sponsored 2,000 wheelchairs to be distributed in Afghanistan. Since then, Knights in the United States and Canada have sponsored the distribution of some 35,000 wheelchairs in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, the United States and Vietnam.
For every donation of $150 received by the Global Wheelchair Mission, it can deliver a brand new wheelchair which would cost over $500 in a medical supply store. They are shipped in containers of 100 to 280 wheelchairs each directly from the factory to the destination countries at no cost to the recipients.
Jerry A. Wells, Iowa Knights of Columbus Wheelchair Mission Chairman, has received word that the wheelchairs purchased by the Iowa Knights have cleared customs and are now in possession of Project Medishare, the Florida based group that handles the distribution. The distribution will possibly take place in mid-May 2013 in Haiti.
Watch for further News Updates on this distribution and Councils, Assemblies, and Circles in Iowa are encouraged to promote this program to their membership, inviting personal consideration, as well as implementing this as an ongoing charitable event. To learn more, visit http://iowakofc.org/page/american-wheelchair-mission.