July 13, 2020
Author: ALTSO Staff
CoolKid Asha was born with a congenital limb disability, resulting in the amputation of her left limb, and the severe shortening of her right limb. Growing up as part of a family of nomads herding goats and sheep, Asha’s lack of mobility was detrimental not only to her - but her whole family.
In 2019 Asha’s eldest sister recognized the need for mobility assistance and brought Asha to our program partner in Somaliland where she was given her first ever treatment - a rough terrain wheelchair with clip-on tricycle.
This specially fitted wheelchair is the most suited for the sandy grounds in Somaliland where Asha lives and supports her body based on her weight distribution and other needs.
With Asha’s newfound mobility comes autonomy, excitement, and promise for the future - mobility is so much more than movement!
Having never been able to get to and therefore attend school, Asha plans to start adult education schools. That’s Growing Up ALTSO.
There are 106 million children living with untreated disabilities in the developing world. 95% cannot afford care, and 90% do not attend school. We are on a mission to change that. Mobility is so much more than movement, it is a human right. Donate a life-changing orthotic brace, prosthetic limb, or appropriately fitted wheelchair.