Assisting poor, disabled children worldwide with free distribution of specialty wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, rehabilitation equipment and therapy. Also providing food and clothing to special needs children, and relief to victims of disasters.
When Vijay was born, he was not expected to live. His parents gave him loving care, but professional medical services were not affordable. He was bedridden until age 7, but then, through sheer determination, he began steadily improving, while continuing to have both physical and developmental challenges. In 2018, Disabled Children's Fund provided Vijay with an all-terrain pediatric wheelchair to enhance his ability to get around in the rural area where he lives.
Vijay is the "face" of our effort to help disabled children in India. We named the initiative "Project Vijay" after him due to his winning personality and positive spirit. In many parts of the world, having a disabled child is something to be ashamed of, and the child is often confined to the house and hidden from the rest of the community. Even loving families have few resources available to help their dear children live a better, richer life.
Project Vijay began with needs assessments of disabled children and their families in some urban and rural areas of southern India. These children are challenged by a range of physical and developmental disabilities. In some cases, they urgently need properly made and fitted wheelchairs, a scarce item in India. When fitted with a wheelchair, these children have mobility with dignity and a feeling of independence. We also support a trained nurse who provides special needs training and services.
Gatherings are held periodically for these children and their families, where the families share their experiences and get a time of respite. A meal is provided, and the children may receive a new set of clothes, a great financial help for these poor families.