Children Walk for the First Time in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan

Editor’s Note: Children with limb disabilities in developing countries needed your help, and you answered. Your funding is providing long-term orthopedic care for more than 250 children, who are now walking, attending school, and leading healthy lives.


Imagine not being able to walk to the market, tie your shoelaces, or jump out of bed. This is a daily reality for children who suffer from a limb disability.

In developing countries, these challenges are compounded by extreme poverty and a lack of medical care. This leaves many disabled children unable to attend school, ostracized from their community, and considered to be a financial burden on their families.

C. Mead Welles of A Leg to Stand OnMead Welles is the founder of A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), a nonprofit that has helped more than 12,000 children living in developing countries gain access to quality orthopedic care. ALTSO not only fits children with prosthetic limbs and mobility aids, but ensures they get the long-term rehabilitative care they need to grow up healthy and strong.

Impact of Your Funding

Last year, we honored Mead with our 2013 Health Award and provided A Leg To Stand On with $75,000 in grant funding. So far, 254 children with limb disabilities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan have benefited from the first portion of the grant.

Click through the gallery below to meet some of the children who are now taking their very first steps to a happier future, thanks to you:

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There are so many other children who still need your help. This holiday season, make a donation in the name of a loved one by visiting worldofchildren.org/holiday. 100% of your gift improves the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

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