Global Hope Network works in Jordan for rural development, but when other opportunities arise, they are quick to mobilize their connections and make things happen. This past week in Amman, I witnessed this firsthand.

GHNI partnered with Joni and Friends, a U.S.-based organization, to bring badly needed wheelchairs to people throughout Jordan. Physical and mental disabilities are historically very shameful in this part of the world. Although times are changing and the stigma is diminishing, the infrastructure for caring for, educating and integrating disabled people is lacking.

Wheelchairs are in short supply in Jordan. Upon accepting the donation of wheelchairs from Joni and Friends, GHNI worked through their regional partners to find over 150 people in need of a wheelchair.

Last week, these people showed up in Amman where a team from the U.S. worked alongside GHNI to fit and reconstruct old donated wheelchairs for each patient. Have a look at the process…

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Next Steps
    • -Learn more about Global Hope Network International from their website.
    • Interested in being a part of the work of Joni and Friends in the U.S. or around the world? Visit their website.
    • Are you interested in engaging more with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your community? You can join the movement to integrate this overlooked section of society by becoming a Best Buddy.
    • Pray for the strength of families affected by disability worldwide. Pray for resources to be available and for the damaging stigma to be lifted.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. Kim Quinn said... 

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    December 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 am  

    I love seeing Christian organizations working together to impact our world. I have known about and JAF for many years and love hearing their stories of wheelchair distributions. It’s a great thing when God works through something as simple as a wheelchair and Godly people to meet a real need for real people.

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:06 am  

      Agreed, Kim! It was hard to choose photos out of all of the wonderful moments I was present for during this week. I hope that the chairs are serving the needs of the people well.

  2. Jessi said... 

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    December 2nd, 2011 at 1:39 pm  

    Great job, Laura! You captured the process so amazingly. It was such a joy working to bring increased mobility to Jordan.

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:07 am  

      Thanks, Jessi! Your mad mechanic skills helped the process tremendously :)

  3. Amy King said... 

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    December 2nd, 2011 at 1:54 pm  

    Hi Laura! Do you know if they have a relationship with Free Wheelchair Mission? If not, and FWM appears like it could be helpful, I’ll connect you.

    • Monique Newman said... 

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      December 6th, 2011 at 1:40 pm  

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, I have seen donated, converted lawn chair wheelchairs in Jordan, in the same warehouse where we conducted our Wheels for the World distribution. However, they are not as sturdy as conventional wheelchairs and in the less accessible, rugged conditions of a third world country, do not hold up as well over time.

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        December 6th, 2011 at 3:14 pm  

        While the mobility they offer may be helpful, they do not collapse for portability, which limits travel options. Also, special support is often required, which lawn chairs do not provide…those who spend all their waking hours in a chair benefit greatly from careful assessment and custom-fit chairs designed to provide that support.

        • Laura Stump said... 

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          December 12th, 2011 at 8:08 am  

          Thanks Monique! I hope that answers your question, Amy…

  4. Kenneth Young said... 

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    December 4th, 2011 at 3:39 pm  

    Thanks, Laura for all your support during this event.

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:11 am  

      No problem, Kenneth! It was a blessing to be there.

  5. Steve-O said... 

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    December 5th, 2011 at 10:53 am  

    Great work Laura!!

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:12 am  

      Gracias, amigo.

  6. Monique Newman said... 

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    December 6th, 2011 at 3:18 pm  

    Laura,
    You not only captured this event very well, I can say that I observed how you jumped in, and with great compassion, comforted fussy toddlers and spent time with many of our recipients as they waited for their custom-fit chairs! It was a blessing having you there, not only as a photo-journalist, but also as a participating part of our team!! Thanks for letting your light shine. Isa. 58

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:13 am  

      Thanks Monique. It was such a wonderful combination of your team and the local staff…I was blessed to be invited to join! Thank you for all you do for this program.

  7. David Nix said... 

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    December 6th, 2011 at 11:26 pm  

    You captured some of the best Laura! It was a joy to work with you and see you loving all those folks we served.

    • Laura Stump said... 

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      December 12th, 2011 at 8:15 am  

      Thanks Dave! I wish I could have included everything–but there was too much! It was a joy to work with you too.

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