Who We Are
We're an NYC-based non-profit organization working in the developing world, bringing free orthopedic care to children with untreated limb disabilities whose families cannot afford treatment. Our goal is to provide high-quality continuous care until the age of 21 for all patients treated under ALTSO’s program. Since 2003, through local treatment providers in Asia, Africa and Latin America we've provided free orthopedic care to more than 16,700 children in need. Join us to help level the playing field.
Why We Do It
The average ALTSO family earns about $3 a day, and lives approximately 1 to 3 miles away from the closest school. With no access to transportation, if a child can’t walk, they simply can't go to school. If they can’t go to school, they can’t get a job. If they can’t get a job, they can’t sustain a family. This is the reality for children with untreated limb disabilities in the developing world.
In 2017, ALTSO was honored to introduce the Joshi - a high-quality modular prosthetic limb kit for pediatric and adolescent amputees living in low to middle income countries. The Joshi is unique in that its sole objective is to bring more choices and modern prosthetic options to children whose families cannot afford treatment in the developing world.
From Asia to Africa to Latin America, ALTSO kids are the coolest - not because we say so, but because they say so. The goal of this portrait series is to raise awareness and build self-esteem for children with limb disabilities in the developing world. By showcasing their unique personalities, positive attitudes, likes and ambitions, our aim is to provide not only the gift of mobility, but a medium for self-expression and creativity. In doing so, we're helping to remove social stigmas and change the face of disability in the developing world.
How We Raise Awareness & Funds
Our signature events are aimed at gathering friends, family and colleagues to raise awareness and funds for children with untreated limb disabilities in the developing world. By joining together, we can give children the treatment needed to access life-changing opportunities like education, work and mobility.