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Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
153 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 01, at 08:00 AM CDT
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In Kenya!

May 13, 2018

Greetings friends!


We made it into Kenya last night with no major problems. We are excited to get to work in Joytown morning and do the work we have been called to. We spent the last two days in London adjusting to the time zone change and getting a change to see the city. Today has been spent planning and preparing for the research and connecting that will begin tomorrow.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers!



On our way!

May 09, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us in prayer at LeTourneau and around the globe today, as we began our journey to Kenya to do the work we have been called to. We are on our way! Tonight we will be flying to London and we will be on the way to Kenya by the end of the week. It's very exciting for all of us, and we will keep you posted on the trip. Thank you for your support!

One more week!

March 22, 2018

As we are nearing our goal, we are excited for our trip to Kenya. In just 2 months, we will be in Africa, collecting data and working with the children there to determine what wheelchair designs work best for them!


In the meantime, we are collecting data here on wheelchairs in preparation, which is going well.


A group of past and present Wheels members attended the International Seating Symposium to present their findings and work in the field. It was fun and interesting for the team.


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Thank you for your support of our project, we greatly appreciate you!

Wheels Update 2

February 21, 2018

Wheels Project Updates

1. Wheels Science Seminar

On Thursday, February 15, current and past Wheels team members presented at the weekly LETU Science Seminar.  Students and faculty members gathered to hear about the project.  Team members summarized what has taken place over the past several years, and what will be happening this semester and in May when the team travels to Kenya.  Data collection will begin on campus next week to test how the distance between the back axle and front castor wheel on a chair affects the ease of pushing on a rough surface. Further validation work on the Wheelchair Satisfaction Questionnaire is also taking place this semester and will be field tested in Kenya in May.


2. International Seating Symposium

Natalie Dottle will be presenting her poster entitled “A Comparative Study of Aspects of Mobility Provided by Three Wheelchair Types Designed for Use in Low-Resource Settings” at the International Seating Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada March 6-9, 2018.  Karen Rispin, Larry Raymond, Bridey Davis, Natalie Dottle, and Joel Noble will be presenting a workshop entitled “Using the Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition and the Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test to Assess Manual Wheelchairs: A Practical Workshop.” The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQ-C) can substantiate the need for repair or replacement. The Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test (AWMT) asks a participant to roll in two or more wheelchair types, and can indicate the type of wheelchair which best facilitates mobility for that client.


3. Kenya Travel Team

The Wheels team that will be traveling to Kenya in May is Mrs. Karen Rispin, Joseph Bowen, Dr. Edward Hamilton, Carissa Zwerg, Heather Bane, Bridey Davis, Dr. Vicki Sheafer, and Allison Hilbig.


We are 2/3rds of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone for the support you have have provided!


January 28, 2018

We are halfway to our set goal! Thank you so much to everyone for your giving and prayers!

We have the wheelchairs we will be collecting data on this semester, and built them this week. Stay tuned for more updates!

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