(aka) A Leg To Stand On
401 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Ten years ago, a 17 year old girl named Nanduben, from a slum in Ahmedabad, India lost her right arm in an accident. She had been removing the waste from the pot her family used as a toilet by taking it to the dump. While crossing the railroad tracks, she slipped, hit her head and became unconscious. An oncoming train severed her arm. By the time her brother found her, it was too late to reattach the arm. Prior to her accident, Nanduben had hoped to work as a seamstress to earn $1.15 a day - doubling her family's income. Now, even simple tasks like combing her hair were impossible.
Six months after Nanduben's accident, she was referred to the ALTSO-Ahmedabad clinic where she was fitted with a free prosthetic arm. Now she can sew to support her family, but the best part, she says, is: "When I'm in my salwar kameez [Indian dress], I almost look like a regular girl again."
It is because of children like Nanduben that A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) exists. Founded in 2002 by hedge fund manager C. Mead Welles and pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dinesh Patel, ALTSO is a non-profit organization that provides free prosthetic limbs, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in developing countries who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities. Our mission is to offer such children the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work and mobility. Since the inauguration of ALTSO's first clinic in Ahmedabad, ALTSO has provided life-changing treatment to more than 7,500 children in 15 developing countries.