The charitable branch of MV Transportation Inc., the Freedom of Mobility Foundation, recently donated $20,000 to Handicap International. The donation, which will be used to provide mobility devices for newly disabled people in Haiti, will also help fund the organization's Disability and Vulnerability Focal Points (DVFPs) — clinics set up in tents within five communities in Port-au-Prince and other affected areas in Haiti.
The focal points serve injured persons within the communities who need medical assistance, but are unable or unwilling to go to a hospital, as well as people who have already left the hospital, but still require follow-up care.
The Freedom of Mobility Donation will allow Handicap International to provide mobility devices, such as wheelchairs and walkers, to its focal points to serve persons with disabilities who live in affected Haitian communities.
"The employees of MV Transportation are delighted to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and we continually seek opportunities to support initiatives that make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities," said Nikki Frenney, senior vice president of public affairs for MV Transportation.
Handicap International also uses the focal points, two of which are also located in Petit-Gôave and Gonaïves, to provide nursing care, distribute mobility aids, provide long-term rehabilitation care for people with injuries and disabilities, refer the most serious cases needing surgery to appropriate service providers and to provide psychosocial assistance.
Mobile care teams use the focal points as a base for their visits to the communities, where they see people who cannot or will not go to the DVFP to receive the care they need.
To learn more about Handicap International's work in Haiti, click here.