The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), an international non-governmental organization giving help and hope to people around the world, has helped to serve more than four million persons with disabilities in over 150 countries. In the wake of extreme poverty, conflict and natural disasters, WRF has trained more than 2,000 rehabilitation professionals and established critically-needed Prosthetic and Orthotic Services and Rehabilitation Services in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
WRF was founded in 1955 by Dr. Howard A. Rusk, widely regarded as the “father of rehabilitation medicine,” on the fundamental belief that rehabilitation must address the whole person and not only their physical disabilities. WRF is devoted to the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities and other vulnerable communities—including women and children—throughout the world.
WRF believes that all people, regardless of disability, have the right to participate fully in their communities, and to attain education and viable employment.
Ever since its foundation and over the last six decades, WRF has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the initiation, implementation and development of transformative programs in many countries around the world. WRF’s programs and activities aim to mobilize, upgrade and organize local resources and capabilities, empower vulnerable communities, affect sustainable change and develop the spirit and practice of self-reliance and self-sustainability.
WRF’s mission is to enable individuals around the world with functional limitations and participation restrictions to achieve community and social integration through physical and socio-economic rehabilitation and advocacy; and to prevent disability and reduce disadvantage.