The CLASP Wheelchair Project for Rotary
Over 70 million people need a wheelchair but don’t have access to one.
Without mobility, people with disabilities have fewer educational and employment opportunities and far higher rates of poverty and poor health. When people lacking mobility are empowered by a wheelchair, a world of opportunity opens to them, and the world, in turn, benefits from their creativity, voices, and participation!
CLASP makes it easy for your Rotary club to help more people with disabilities in developing countries get the wheelchair that best fits their needs.
Make a sustainable impact with the CLASP Wheelchair Project for Rotary
CLASP works with vetted partners who are leaders in delivering sustainable services to people with disabilities in their communities. Your club can help support the life-changing programs our partners offer such as: wheelchair provision, physical rehabilitation, skill building, education, and job training.
Three great reasons to work with CLASP
Dollar for dollar matching doubles your impact! ($10,000 minimum)
Your club raises $10,000 and CLASP will match it!
A variety of assistive products to suit user’s individual needs
Visit our products page for our full catalog. All products listed are selected by a team of clinical and technical experts and are ISO certified.
Connections to vetted service partners in countries where support is needed most
El Salvador, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe (more partners and countries coming soon!)
Fundraise with your Rotary club or make an even bigger impact by partnering with other Rotary clubs. CLASP can support your club’s fundraising efforts with collateral materials and in-person presentations.
One size wheelchair does not fit all!
Just as having a pair of ill-fitting shoes causes pain and blisters, having a wheelchair that is not properly fitted for a person’s physical and environmental needs can cause untold suffering. The difference is that for wheelchair users, these injuries can lead to health problems that can become life-threatening. Watch how having a properly fitted wheelchair enables Pak Ketut to provide a sustainable income for his family. Then learn about the importance of appropriate service provision and see how children like Stanley and Oscar have been helped to live a full and independent life.
Post-Polio support in Pakistan
Salman contracted polio as a child, which left him with severe disabilities. His family managed to get him a wheelchair, but it was much too big for him – he couldn’t reach the wheels to propel himself and he sat in the chair cross-legged for years which caused further health complications. It wasn’t until Salman was in his twenties that he received his first properly fitted wheelchair through CLASP Service Partner Paraplegic Centre Peshawar. For the first time, Salman could travel independently and, as he says, “think beyond mobility.” With the freedom and empowerment he now feels, he is giving back to the community, organizing sporting events for wheelchair users and traveling across Pakistan advocating for people with disabilities. He is currently developing software to help people with disabilities identify accessible places around Pakistan.