As the foundation embarks on its next adventure, its founder remains committed to giving people more than a set of wheels,
as the chairs continue to be improved thanks to the support of the Free Wheelchair Mission of California.
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Published Friday, September 25, 2020


Do It Foundation celebrates
15 year anniversary



  
By Do It Foundation

A wheelchair is certainly a tool for transportation, but for John Scheman, a dual citizen of Costa Rica and the United States, it’s as much a set of wheels as it is a life-changing mission.

"Our all-terrain wheelchair is a support tool to help the people in their daily lives, it gives freedom of action, movement and adapts to environments according to universal accessibility, our wheelchairs have tires similar to mountain bike tires,” Scheman  said. ”It is also a tool that helps and gives independence to the entire family."

Scheman started the Do It Foundation in 2005, but his vision to help began much earlier in life. He first began donating construction materials and labor to help rural schools promote education in Guanacaste through his development company Grupo Do it and hardware business, El Lagar/Do it Center.

The Do It Foundation has allowed Scheman to combine his passion to help into a more physical effort by providing not just mobility, but accessibility to those in need of a wheelchair. According to MercadoLibre.com, the least expensive most basic wheelchair available on the site costs approximately ₡80,000 or $133.

To bring the cost of a wheelchair down, parts are imported in containers from China and assembled in towns across Costa Rica and given to families who do not have the financial resources to acquire one. This year marks its 15th anniversary,  helping more than 20,000 families.

As the foundation embarks on its next adventure, its founder remains committed to giving people more than a set of wheels, as the chairs continue to be improved thanks to the support of the Free Wheelchair Mission of California. The first model was a plastic chair mounted to a pair of wheels. Model two had a metal frame with many adjustments, and the new generation is a folding chair which helps with transportation and accessibility on buses.



“It’s a blessing of being able to help by giving away something that provides something as essential as independence and mobility, and you can see all the new possibilities in their eyes in a matter of seconds, all the time and effort is worth it,” Scheman said.

The past 15 years taught Scheman that he could count on a strong network of volunteers for importing, assembly and logistics for delivering the wheelchairs. And he could count on local partners, including the Christian nonprofit Hospital Clinica biblica, municipalities, nursing homes, development associations, Lions Clubs of Costa Rica, among others. Within the network of volunteers, the foundation requires that volunteers must be certified, especially the team in charge of assembling the chairs to ensure that the equipment donated is constructed and adjusted properly to the size and posture of the body of the person who is going to use it.



The Foundation has an open-door policy with volunteers hoping to reach more people and change more lives. Scheman recommends those interested in getting involved and being part of this network to contact the organization. It could be as simple as wanting to receive a free one week training to make an impact in your community.

For more information about the free virtual training, the foundation, making donations or requesting a wheelchair, contact the Do It Foundation team at DoItCenterFoundation.com or by calling (506) 2667-0906 or (506) 2667-0912. Questions can be sent to a team WhatsApp number (506) 7050-7926, or by email: dcortez@grupodoit.com





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