Ambulance Mission in The Gambia

January 15, 2024

In a step towards enhancing mobility and access to orthopaedic care, we have recently facilitated the donation of an ambulance to The Gambia, reinforcing our commitment to making a difference where it’s needed most.

This initiative, made possible through the generous contribution of Challenge 4,000, spearheaded by Dough and Rose Hamlen, marks a new chapter in our journey of providing assistance to those with mobility challenges. Dough, who shares a personal connection with mobility issues, resonates deeply with our cause. “I’ve got bad legs, and I want to help others who can’t walk as well as I can,” he says. This sentiment echoes the very essence of what we strive for at Legs4Africa.

The donated ambulance is more than just a vehicle; it’s a symbol of hope and a practical tool for change. Janob Jaab, the Director of Social Welfare, expressed immense gratitude, acknowledging the significant impact this will have on improving access to rehabilitation services, especially in rural areas. Many individuals in need of prosthetic limbs live far from urban centers, and this ambulance effectively bridges that gap.

Our focus on outreach is a critical component of our mission. The ability to reach individuals who are hundreds of kilometres away from the main service areas in Banjul is a game-changer. It alleviates the burden of travel for many and ensures that no one is left behind due to geographical constraints.

Gabu Jau, the principal Orthopedic technician, and other officials at the Directorate of Social Welfare, have warmly welcomed this addition. They emphasised the ongoing need for support in a country where a significant portion of the population lives with disabilities. Our efforts, combined with the support of our donors and partners, are crucial in meeting these needs.

Collaborating with other organisations, such as the Italian charity Karma on the Road, we continue to expand our reach and impact. The ambulance will serve a dual purpose – not only as a means of transport but also as a mobile workshop. This innovative approach allows us to provide limb parts and rehabilitation services directly in the provincial regions, making our services more accessible than ever.

At Legs4Africa, we believe in the power of mobility to transform lives. This latest project is a testament to our commitment to that belief. By providing essential mobility aids and support, we are restoring independence and dignity to those who need it most.

About the author

Name: Tom Williams

My passion? Ensuring no prosthetic leg goes unused. I’m dedicated to collecting, refurbishing, and sending these vital pieces of technology to our partners in Africa, where they make a world of difference. When I’m not immersed in this mission at STAND, I’m often found outdoors, embracing nature. I love long walks in any season, camping under the stars, and enjoying the serenity of the great outdoors. My evenings often involve a unique hobby – maintaining and repairing old pinball machines. This blend of precision and nostalgia keeps me engaged and always learning. This fusion of dedication to my work and my love for nature and tinkering drives me every day, both at STAND and beyond.

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