Across the developing world having a walking disability often causes complete social isolation. Losing the use of your legs often means the only way to get around is to crawl on the ground, effectively excluding someone from participating in their community life caused by the lack of mobility and the shame that comes with that. Gabon, like most African countries, is a place without laws mandating universal access for people in wheelchairs, nor programs to provide wheelchairs to those who need them. E4 Project partners with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Gabon to provide people who can’t walk with life-changing mobility, while also creating an opportunity for the church in Gabon to demonstrate mercy to suffering people in the name of Jesus.
Through partnerships that started with Free Wheelchair Mission and moved to Mobility Worldwide, we have provided over 900 wheelchairs and hand-powered carts to the needy in Gabon. Both organizations provide containers of wheelchairs and carts at no cost to us and only have to cover import taxes into Gabon and transport to get them to villages around the country where they are needed most. We continue to work with Mobility Worldwide to provide more mobility carts as our partners are ready to accept and distribute them.