RAISED $8,512.33 | GOAL $25,000
136 OF 400 CHILDREN TREATED
Chapel of the Resurrection
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the social justice organization of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students from all walks of life come together in community to embody the call to be the salt of the earth. For 30 years SALT has selected a specific project that spreads social justice and they organize a fundraising campaign for the project known as the World Relief Campaign (WRC). Throughout the history of WRC, SALT has partnered with over 25 different organizations in 25 different nations on 5 continents. This year SALT has the opportunity to spread social justice to a new community in a nation where we have never worked by helping them achieve mobility in all aspects of life.
For the 30th anniversary of the World Relief Campaign, the Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is partnering with A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) to bring mobility to 400 children in Afghanistan by providing Prosthetic Limbs, Orthotic Devices, Mobility Aids, and Prosthetic and Orthotic Repairs & Adjustments. By helping these children gain movement, we are giving them the potential to achieve mobility, in all aspects of life, which can lead to equality and justice. Join SALT in bringing mobility to children who are in great need through The 400 Movement.
The 400 Movement: Why Mobility?
The ability to move around independently is essential for many reasons. Imagine waking up one day and being unable to clean, clothe, feed, or relieve yourself. Movement leads to physical mobility and a self-sufficient life. But movement does not only mean physical mobility; it also means social mobility. Movement is crucial for getting an education and education leads to social mobility. Furthermore, due to social and religious beliefs in Afghanistan, limb loss and limb deformities are considered to be a punishment to the family. When the condition goes untreated, as it does in most cases, the child is more vulnerable to abuse and neglect from both family and peers. These children are in desperate need of movement. For it is movement that brings mobility and mobility that leads to justice.
The 400 Movement: Why Afghanistan?
For 30 years Afghanistan and its people have suffered the effects of war and conflict, including rampant poverty and high unemployment. As a result, the healthcare infrastructure of Afghanistan is unable to care for its population, especially its women and children. Nearly 10% of Afghan children die by the age of 5 due to inadequate healthcare. Furthermore, a lost or deformed limb is typically not seen as life threatening by local and international aid organizations. There are thousands of children all over Afghanistan, who have little or no mobility and do not receive medical attention of any kind. However, with your support, SALT can help these children achievement movement again, bringing both physical and social mobility back into their lives.
We can help give children the mobility they need to be self-sufficient and to move forward in life. With your support, we can give these children a leg up on life.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TOP DONORS
St. Teresa’s of Avila Catholic Student Center Valparaiso, IN
James and Joanne Albers
Eldon and Donna Balko
Keith and Sally Anliker
Donald and Carol Koetke
John L and Katherine Vahle
David and Lisa Vlach
Gary and Lorraine Brugh
David and Jean Willis
Glenn and Susan Rollins
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Gary and Rella Redick
Holly S. and Leonard Folley
The Feldwisch Family
Bruce and Lucy Hrivnak
Jennifer and Nicholas Johnson
Douglas and Mary Ellen Jaynes
Heath and Thais Carter
Rachel G. Dahlgren
Patrick and Patrice Weil
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A Leg To Stand On ("ALTSO") provides free prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in developing countries who have lost limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities. All patients are children under the age of 19 whose families cannot afford the care they need to live a self-sufficient life. Since 2003, ALTSO has treated more than 12,000 children in Asia, Africa and Latin America.