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The Do It Foundation has arranged for three shipping containers of wheelchairs to arrive in Costa Rica by the end of February.
 - Do It Foundation photo -

Published Friday, February 19, 2021

Foundation imports more wheelchairs
to donate in Costa Rica

By Tony Baker

Michael, a laborer from a small banana farm in Limón, Costa Rica, had a traffic accident. Michael was shot into the air and fell on a stone, breaking 3 vertebrae and damaging his spinal cord. Michael decided to resume his studies at night school and cut hair from time to time to help purchase educational materials to continue his studies.

Michael was initially given a used wheelchair in poor condition. With some ingenuity, he put a wooden chair back and used a piece of wood as a seat.

We see these homemade chairs popping up all the time, although somewhat functional, very dangerous. Once the Do It Foundation heard about Michael, they proceeded to donate a new wheelchair, contributing to a better quality of life for Michael.

Michael is just one of the thousands of disabled Costa Ricans that either have no wheelchair or who simply need a better wheelchair to have mobility.

The Do It Foundation has arranged for three shipping containers of wheelchairs to arrive in Costa Rica by the end of February. The first container arrived near the end of 2020, and distribution partners for The Do It Foundation have already helped hundreds of recipients receive the greatly needed wheelchairs over the last couple of months.
The containers arrive full of parts and then volunteers help to assemble the wheelchairs and then deliver them to distribution partners throughout Costa Rica.

“For the last 20 years, we’ve worked with partners and volunteers to improve the quality of life and provide greater access and mobility for over 20,000 disabled adults and children in Costa Rica who need a wheelchair,” John Scheman, founder of The Do It Foundation said. “We are excited about this latest shipment that will help people of all ages to have the correct size and foldable wheelchair, and help to provide them with hope, freedom, and a renewed sense of dignity.”

Do it Foundation is an all-volunteer Costa Rican nonprofit organization working with Hospital Clinica Biblica, Lions Clubs and different government institutions in leading the effort to create awareness about the needs of people with physical disabilities. The foundation’s goal is to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen, and adult in Costa Rica who needs one but cannot afford one.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the foundation, donating, or requesting a wheelchair, call 2667-0906 or 2667-0912, or by WhatsApp at 8609-8021. Also, visit the Do It Foundation website

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