Mission and Goals
A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) provides free prosthetic limbs and rehabilitative care to children with untreated traumatic or congenital disabilities in the developing world whose families could not otherwise afford care. Our mission is to provide our CoolKids the physical capabilities needed to access the opportunities mobility offers, including access to education, future employment and the chance to live self-sufficiently. Since 2002, ALTSO has treated more than 16,500 kids and currently operates 10 programs in 9 countries.
How Your Contribution Helps
An untreated limb disability can threaten the self-sustainability of a child and their entire family. But a prosthetic limb, provided free of charge to ALTSO’s patients, can change this. Mobility is more than movement, especially for children from the lowest economic backgrounds. Mobility means access to education, increased self-esteem and improvement in their families' socio-economic status. Mobility is opportunity, empowerment and hope.
ALTSO is dedicated to providing high-quality, continuous care until the age of 18 for all patients. We first treated Bhupendra, who was born missing his right leg, in 2006. Because his parents could not afford his treatment, at the age of eight Bhupendra had never attended school. Under ALTSO's program, Bhupendra received more than a dozen free prosthetic limbs to accommodate his growing body. Now 18 years old, Bhupendra is studying to become a professor of chemistry at a leading university in his home state of Gujarat.