Mobility Worldwide is a faith-based, volunteer-powered, humanitarian, and world-wide organization. U.S. Affiliate Workshops and Mobility Worldwide operate as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Mobility (Personal Energy Transportation) Beginnings
Mobility Worldwide began in 1994 when Larry Hills, missionary in Zaire (now Congo), Africa, told Reverend Mel West of the great need for three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchairs for victims of polio and landmines. Mel contacted Earl Miner, product designer and long-time friend and mission partner, and the process of the prototype design began.
In 1995, When prototype development was ready for field testing, four were shipped to Larry Hills with the instructions to “put these in the worst place you can find, and see if they pass the test.” Larry did, and the Mobility Carts did. Shipments began to Zaire, where Larry had set up a place to receive the frames, put on the wooden beds, and distribute them. See history for the full story.
Mobility Worldwide Philosophy
Mobility Worldwide is not wed to just this particular model of machine. Besides raising funds for building Mobility vehicles, some affiliates collect other used mobility devices such as canes, foldable walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs. Even if they need minor repairs/replacement parts, they receive and send them on to one of the distribution partners, Hope Haven International, in Iowa. They refurbish used mobility devices and distribute along with the Mobility Carts in over 100 countries to date.
The goal is the Gift of Mobility for all of God’s people in need. They will cooperate and share with anyone working toward that goal. They seek to involve lay persons in the Church as major servants in this mission. They want to work with all groups, religious or secular and seek to provide mobility first for those in greatest need and with least resources.
Mission: Mobility Worldwide reflects the love of God by bringing the gift of mobility & dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk.
And they will drive this mission because of the passion for the vision:
Vision: Mobility Worldwide will be a widely recognized and supported nonprofit that provides mobility to the disabled primarily in rural areas of developing nations that rely on production of Mobility Carts in both developed and developing nations in partnership with others who share the mission and values.
Benefits of a Mobility Cart: A child has the opportunity to attend school and receive an education; a family provider can find employment or bring products to market in an effort to provide for themselves and their dependents; beneficiaries can go to church, the marketplace and social gatherings; individuals can travel to local health centers for increased access to needed medical care; recipients have their pride and dignity restored as they are raised to a comfortable level which helps them interact with others.See more