In 2008, HHIM established Refugio de Esperanza (Hope Haven in Spanish), located in the beautiful area of Antigua, Guatemala. The facility is a warehouse used for assembling and manufacturing the KidChair. Refugio de Esperanza employs 18-20 people with disabilities – most who had previously received their wheelchair from HHIM. For many of them, this is their first opportunity to learn job skills and earn a wage for their family. The country has limited career options and life opportunities because of their disability.
The employees are trained to operate the machinery with assistive technology and are educated on the manufacturing process for building the KidChair. Many of the employees are also trained to help fit the recipient properly in their wheelchair. They are also able to use their life experience of living in a wheelchair, to educate the new wheelchair recipients and their families – how to deal with pressure sores, urinary tract infections, proper transfering techniques, etc. The wheelchairs are distributed in Guatemala, as well as around Central America and Mexico.
Visit their direct website: http://www.refugiodeesperanza.org/