Tens of thousands of people throughout the world are born with, or incur disabilities, that take away their mobility. Many of them don't have the resources to buy a wheelchair, walker or crutches, and are stuck in their house. Their 'world' is often limited to the four walls of their bedroom. For more than 15 years our staff has been providing mobility, supporting and encouraging the disabled poor throughout the world to countries such as Afghanistan, Vietnam, Thailand, El Salvador, Mexico, and others. Because of the poverty and great need in rural Mexico, we have decided to focus our ministry on the impoverished, neglected people with disabilities of Mexico.
World Access Project donates used wheelchairs from the United States to the indigenous disabled of Mexico, one person at a time. As they receive wheelchairs they begin to get out of their houses; as we modify their homes they learn how to become part of their neighborhood and community; as schools are made accessible they have the ability to get an education and interact with others; as governments understands the need for streets, sidewalks and businesses to be made accessible. We host sports camps & clinics throughout Mexico to show those who receive wheelchairs that their life has value and there is a lot they can do. We teach them how to play sports, how to take care of themselves, how to be independent, and how to be involved in their community. People with disabilities become part of society, and realize they can have a better quality of life. In addition to the needs of people with physical disabilities there are many children who have been neglected, abandoned and abused, forced to live with non-family members, required to work at a very young age to support themselves, and have not had the opportunity to go to school. We are working to provide neglected young people with an education, a place to live, and love.
Volunteers help us with all aspects of what we do. You are indispensable! We invite volunteers from the United States and Mexico to join us. Individuals, families, teams, churches, schools, clubs, etc. are welcome. You can join us for a week-long trip, be an intern for a few months, or stay longer. If you know of an area in Mexico you would like to help people with mobility needs let us know and we can work together to help bring better quality of life to people with disabilities throughout Mexico. Presently we are working in five different states and eventually want to provide mobility to all of Mexico. You don’t need to have any special skill or ability, just an open heart. We provide interpreters, food, and accommodations. Spend your next vacation helping someone in whose life you can greatly impact. Join Us! Seeing the smiles and appreciation on their faces, and seeing the tears in their parent’s eyes, as their children move themselves independently is a life-changing experience for volunteers. It will change your life!
Our long-term desire is to expand and work throughout all of Mexico, to teach employable skills, encourage independence and success. Many wheelchairs have been donated throughout Mexico. We have hosted recreation and sports camps in several different areas, teaching wheelchair basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball and more sports. There are thousands of people who cannot leave their homes and have no resources to change their situation. But there is still great need throughout the country. Our hope is that someday people with disabilities and the neglected youth of Mexico will have accessibility, laws that help and protect them, and an equal opportunity at life. You can help by donating a wheelchair, collecting wheelchairs, volunteering for a trip, donating funds, praying and in many other ways. For more information about how you can get involved go to Pay It Forward.