Can you imagine living with a disability in a village without regular access to transportation, healthcare services, or medical equipment?
In the early 1990s, Hope Haven traveled to the Dominican Republic and Romania to experience firsthand the living conditions children and adults with disabilities were facing in developing countries. Sadly, we uncovered that life was extraordinarily difficult for those living with a physical impairment, especially for children.
We observed countries who were failing to provide accessibility, independence, and dignity to people with disabilities. At that point, we knew that we had to start making an impact!
Shortly after our trip, in 1994, we founded Hope Haven International in an effort to help people worldwide with disabilities reach their full potential. We discovered that by refurbishing and distributing suitable wheelchairs, we could make a profound and immediate impact on people’s lives!
We are proud to report that since the launch of Hope Haven International, over 122,838 wheelchairs have been distributed to people in 108 countries. Our ministry, as with all of Hope Haven’s services, is “a ministry of Christian mercy based on the conviction that God’s Word speaks to and directs all of life.”
Below is a brief timeline of significant achievements we’ve made over the years: