Each year, the members of SALT choose one project for the World Relief Campaign, a major fundraising effort that is carried out during the spring semester. The 2015 campaign is called The 400 Movement: Giving Children a Leg Up on 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.
Injustice occurs when people no longer have the ability to move from their confined condition to a liberated position in life. Throughout the past 29 years, SALT has been helping individuals, families, and communities achieve mobility in their life. We have helped move people away from hunger and progress toward nourishment. We have provided educational opportunities for children. We have supported communities in their pursuit of clean and accessible water. Every WRC has resulted in a shift away from inequality and a movement towards equality through social justice. Our goal has always been to help provide mobility in life that can lead to social justice. For the 30th anniversary, the goal remains the same. However, SALT has been given the opportunity this year to provide a whole new type of mobility in an area of the world we have yet to work in.
makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special
work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and
growing and full of love”.
– Ephesians 4:16
The 400 Movement: The Need
Ah Faisal is a teenager who lives on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. From his rural home, Ah Faisal has to walk one mile to and from school. This two mile round trip may not seem too far, but for Ah Faisal, and many other students in Afghanistan, walking is the only option. Two years ago, Ah Faisal was struck by an automobile, an all too common accident that occurs in poverty stricken areas like Kabul. The traumatic crash resulted in Ah Faisal losing his left leg. Able to walk with the assistance of crutches, the daily two mile walk to and from school that Ah Faisal could once complete effortlessly became an impossible task. An unfortunate event robbed this young mind of an education. Ah Faisal was stuck with:Restricted Movement.No Education.Limited Mobility In Life.Ah Faisal’s restricted physical mobility directly impacted his social mobility, limiting his educational options, his job opportunities, his acceptance by others, and his marital chances. And then A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) stepped in.
The 400 Movement: The Solution
ALTSO is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that provides free prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in the developing world who have lost limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities. Since beginning its work in Afghanistan just three years ago, ALTSO has been able to serve nearly 1,600 children. One of those children was Ah Faisal. This past December, ALTSO was able to provide a prosthetic leg for Ah Faisal at no cost to him and his family. He is currently undergoing physiotherapy and has regained his ability to walk. No crutches. No restrictions. His physical and social mobility are no longer limited. ALTSO helped Ah Faisal achieve the movement that had been taken from him. Now Ah Faisal conquers his daily two-mile walk to school, just as he did before the accident.
Now he has:
The 400 Movement: Our Goals
In support of ALTSO and children like Ah Faisal, the 2015 World Relief Campaign has launched The 400 Movement, which seeks to raise $25,000 to serve 400 children through the following treatments:
Because many patients receive multiple treatments per year, the total number of treatments will be greater than the total number of patients. Although serving 400 children is our goal, it is by no means our limit. There are many more than 400 children who do not have full movement, and the urgency to help them achieve mobility in their lives could not be greater. Yet, the only limit to our service is the limit on your support. Join The 400 Movement with the students of SALT and help us provide mobility in all aspects of life to as many Afghan children as possible.
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, children just like Ah Faisal, 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.
Donations may directed to:
Chapel of the Resurrection
1600 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383
*Checks payable to Valparaiso University with “WRC” in the memo line
Questions may be directed to:
Cogan Blackmon, 2015 WRC Chair
Rev. James A. Wetzstein, SALT mentor
* For the 30th anniversary of the World Relief Campaign, the Social Action Leadership Team is partnering with A Leg To Stand On 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.
In addition to the help SALT members provide locally, SALT has been helping people around the globe for years with the World Relief Campaign!
2014 project, Kick-Start Kibera: Crafting a Brighter Future, to construct an artists' workshop in Kibera, Kenya.
2013 project, The YAWA Project: Bettering a Nation Through Education, a project to implement a new reading program at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (South Dakota).
2012 project, "Kenya Dig It: A Well for Wellness," a project to construct a well at a hospital in Kenya.
2011 project, "KuJenga: Building Minds One Block at a Time," a project to build a pre-primary school room in Tanzania.
2010 project, "Casas for Kids: From House to Hope," to build a foster house for children in the village of Los Angeles on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua.
2009 project, "Shui 2 Go: Pipeline to the People" was a project to bring clean water to the rural Yunnan Province of China.
2008 project, Child Creativity Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, EdJakarta, Imagination in Session
2007, Uganda, Mission Nutrition, nutrition program
2006, Haiti, Operation Haiti health care clinic
2005, Malawi, Peanut Butter Project
2004, Crow Creek, South Dakato, Book It to Crow Creek
2003, Bethlehem, Beds for Orphanages
2002, Kenya, AIDS/HIV treatment for children
2001, Costa Rica, Purchase of land for refugees
2000, Brazil, Refrigerated storage unit
1999, India, Water storage system
1998, Mexico, Women's empowerment conferences
1997, Rwanda, Books
1996, El Salvador, Emergency medical care
1995, Pine Ridge, Child Care Playground
1994, Croatia, Women's Center
1993, Zimbabwe, Youth Industry
1992, Haiti, Electrical Power