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Wheelchair Provision and Assembly Centre
Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona
Avenue of Service: International Service Area of Focus: Economic and Community Development
Country: Dominican Republic City/Region: San Juan de la Maguana
Project Description
Purpose of the Project: Establish a Pilot Wheelchair Provision and Assembly Centre [WPAC] in the Dominican Republic. Appropriate Wheelchair An appropriate wheelchair is a combination of: Professional services as recommended by the World Health Organization [WHO] and a quality Wheelchair compliant and preferably exceeds the ISO Standards and more importantly adapted to the needs of the user. What is a wheelchair professional service? Wheelchair services provide the framework for assessing individual user needs, assist in selecting an appropriate wheelchair, train users and caregivers, and provide ongoing support and referral to other services where appropriate. Assessment. Assist the user to select the right product. Provision. This includes ordering, assembly if needed, and fitting of equipment. Training Users. Provides users and caregivers training in how use the wheelchair. Support. Continuing clinical and technical support. Referral. Refer users to other services that may be of benefit to them. Identification. Using a screening tool to identify those who can benefit from available services; Sustainability. Developing sustainable financial solutions for the continuing provision. Training Service Personnel. Training of wheelchair service personnel; What is an Appropriate Wheelchair? When we provide a wheelchair, as part of our due diligence, we have to ensure that it, at minimum, comply and preferably exceed the ISO (International Standards Organizations). A certificate from the manufacturer should be provided. 70% of wheelchairs in less-resourced countries are used for outdoor use. We should be able to provide both, as needed, the outdoor and the indoor wheelchairs. The Plan ----------- Although the proposed services seem sequential, in real life they are offered in a simultaneous manner. It is difficult to provide the appropriate wheelchair with the Project approach. Many steps would be missing or poorly executed. Add to this, when the time interval between user identification and wheelchair delivery is considerable, it will make any assessment and fitting obsolete and unrealistic. We will create in a strategically located area, a Wheelchair Provision and Assembly Centre [WPAC]. In this centre, we will import wheelchair parts. We will assemble, prepare wheelchairs and group all professional services under one roof by creating a permanent, self-sustainable shop. We will start with a pilot WPAC in the Dominican Republic. This will enable us to learn from our experience and prepare the necessary resources that could be used in any WPAC. Once the Centre is financially stable (2-3 years). We will gradually phase out our support and management and we will work on creating a new WPAC somewhere else. Partnering with Whirlwind We will maximize our chances of success by partnering with experts in creating WPACs and being associated with first quality wheelchairs. (See Roughrider Picture) We identified both criteria with Whirlwind International [WWI]. For more information on the organization please visit: http://www.whirlwindwheelchair.org Customers of a WPAC The main challenge will be to promote and sell the services of the WPAC to other stakeholders than Rotary. The objective is to make the WPAC self-sustainable financially within two to three years. We are confident that this is attainable because: •Demand is significant. In any given country, based on WHO statistics, 10% of the population is handicapped and 10% of them are in need of a wheelchair (1% of population). Currently 70 Millions WCs are needed in the world. In 2003, it was estimated that 20 million of those requiring a wheelchair for mobility did not have one. There are indications that only a minority of those in need of wheelchairs has access to them, and of these very few have access to an appropriate wheelchair. • Partners in WPAC are all committed to grow the market and to refer potential customers. • The Just in time inventory based on demand will make it possible for potential donors to order any quantity of wheelchairs (one to many). • We provide the best-certified wheelchair available. A marketing plan is in progress with objective to create awareness and market growth. Structure of a WPAC (See WPAC Structure in the Picture section) •WPAC will be created as a not-for-profit organization. • Local Rotarians & a representative from our club will be part of initial board. •Once sustainable, directors from community will replace local Rotarians. • Our estimate is 4 to 6 people will be part of the initial setup. • 50% or more of the employees should be wheelchair users. Financial Feasibility Cost to set and operate a WPAC Following are based on extensive financial modeling. If you need to further your understanding of the financial matters related to a WPAC or you need more information, we would gladly send you more details. A summary of our findings is presented hereafter: • Setup Cost $15K for tools [List and costs provided by WWI] $25K for setup, consulting and training. $40K total setup cost • Variable Costs $78K for 40’ cubic container with parts for 600 wheelchairs. $ 6 K for Shipping and handling per container. $84K total Variable Cost It is worth noting that you can fit only 300 assembled wheelchairs in same container. Operating costs are estimated in a less-resourced setting at $30k/Year $ 20K for Human Resources $ 5K for Office Expenses (Rent, Utilities, upkeep) $ 5K for Other admin Expenses $ 30K total Operating or fixed costs (See Cash flow in the picture section for more details) ------------------------------------------------------------------ WPAC is Sustainable Economic Factors 1.Providing wheelchairs makes the difference between being a passive receiver and an active contributor to the economy. 2.Wheelchairs improve mobility, activity and the health of the users. As a result, it reduces the health care expenses. 3.Providing the appropriate and durable wheelchair is most effective. (They last and they are optimized) 4.Maintaining, repairing and recycling wheelchairs makes them last longer. 5. Training users will optimize their use. 6. Creating self-sustainable WPACs creates ongoing funding sources. 7. Creating WPACs creates jobs. 8. Inventory based on Demand provides more opportunities for a potential donor to offer one or small quantity of wheelchairs. Cultural Factors 1. WPAC is a local organization. 2. Based on local rules culture and regulations. 3. Local leaders will manage & make decisions. 4. Most Stakeholders are local. 5. Processes, workflow and management style will be totally tailored around local culture. Environmental Factors 1. Shipping twice the number of wheelchairs in one container saves shipping cost and fuel but most importantly will reduce pollution. 2. Providing appropriate and durable wheelchairs will make them last longer and will reduce disposal waste. 3. Maintaining, repairing and recycling wheelchairs will reduce the number of new ones and will reduce the use of manufactured steel, rubber and plastic. 4. WPAC will be designed with the minimum impact on environment and pollution. Social Factors 1. A wheelchair will enable users to participate fully in community life. 2. A wheelchair is a catalyst to increased independence and social integration. 3. With a wheelchair you can have a Different Perspective Pilot WPAC ------------- The Dominican Republic (Population 10M) is the perfect place to start and create our pilot WPAC, for the following reasons: •We Know the Country, more than 600 wheelchairs are in the process to be distributed in the DR. •We know the Rotarians; we worked with many clubs in Santo Domingo and San Juan area. •We have Government Connection •We have Rehab Agencies Connection •Country size is ideal logistically •Strategic location and Market Reach of the Caribbean (See Market Reach in the Picture Section) Our Mission Statement: To provide for less resourced settings Appropriate wheelchairs in the most Effective and Sustainable way. Our Objective: Create our Pilot WPAC in the Dominican Republic before June 2015. This is a great opportunity for all district clubs to work together to make this WPAC a reality. We have done it in the past, there is no reason why we can not do better in the future. We are Rotarians. We have a Power point presentation ready to share with your club. If you need us, we will be there. For further information Email or Call ; Raymond Merhej: t: 780.425.6905 - e: raymond@infolink-inc.com Peter Denooy t: 780.984-1251 - e: pdenooy@eidap.com Thank you
Project Partners and Funding
Total Project Budget: $140,000.00
Partner Type Amount
Edmonton Strathcona Rotary Club $10,000.00
District 5370 Clubs Rotary Club $10,000.00
Other District Rotary District $10,000.00
Charitable Organizations Other Charity or NGO $3,000.00
Private Donations Other Charity or NGO $5,000.00
Hosting Country Rotary Club $2,000.00
Designated District Rotary District $40,000.00
Global Fund The Rotary Foundation $60,000.00
Total Funding: $140,000
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