Superhero fundraisers of the Year 2019

Evie Dickinson / Event, Fundraising, Gold Badge, Inspiring Stories

Meet Legs’ latest gold badge winners and top fundraisers of 2019 – Owen and Charlie! They both took part in the Superhero Series Triathlon and Winter Wonderwheels events. Between them, they ran 6k, cycled 3k and swam 150 meters – raising enough to get 108 legs over to Africa, meaning 108 people can have the opportunity to walk, work and live life to the full again. … Read More

Update: Prosthetic Technology Female Amputee Bursary

Chris Ingram / Gambia, Project Update

The 31st January marked the deadline for the first stage of our Prosthetic Technology Female Amputee Bursary. This will pay for five female amputees from across the continent to travel to TATCOT in Tanzania and embark on a one year course in lower-limb prosthetics. Thanks to our African partner network consisting of mobility centres, disability advocates and community groups we … Read More

Lamin’s Football Video-Club

Phil Tunstall / Case Study, Gambia

Lamin Jammeh is an entrepreneur and captain of the Gambia amputee football team. Almost every day there is a big football match on TV, be it Premier league, La Liga or Champions League. Which is great for Lamin’s video club business. Every match, he will carry his two TVs down to his video-club in Sukuta, Gambia, walking carefully on his … Read More

Bristol Rotary Club Legs It To Kenya

Stefanie / Deliver a Leg, Kenya, Mens Shed / Rotary

Here at Legs4Africa, it’s not just the snails doing all the leg work; we rely on friendships and partnerships with a range of organisations, one of which is Rotary, with a number of clubs around the UK forming a vital link in the chain of collecting and dismantling legs. And now Bristol Rotary Club have gotten in on the Deliver … Read More

Clevedon Men’s Shed

SuePownall / Mens Shed / Rotary

Clevedon Mens Shed

Clevedonians and African Amputees Men’s Sheds are found all over the world and like the one in Clevedon they provide companionship and purpose to men who want to fill a space in their lives which may have been caused by sickness, retirement or bereavement or those who just want to make new friends. Whatever the reason, and wherever they are, … Read More

Little Legs and more…

SuePownall / Little Legs

 ‘I have two legs now and I will grow to achieve my dream of becoming a driver’.   ……10 year old Brian from Uganda Read more about Brian’s story here Have you ever wondered how many outgrown or redundant prosthetic legs are out there, either in attics or under stairs or most likely on their way to landfill because the previous … Read More

Females are strong as hell

Bethany / Uganda

Women in sub-saharan Africa can have a tough time. Disabled women in sub-saharan Africa can have it even harder and somehow female amputees fall in limbo. They have to fight to be seen as women thanks to misconceptions about disabilities and they have to fight to be visible in both able bodied and disabled communities because often neither community see … Read More

Retired GP turns to dismantling legs

Tom Williams / Gold Badge

When people retire they often choose to do all sorts of weird and wonderful activities that they’ve been looking forward to during their careers; they often involve buying camper vans and exploring their home country that they’ve always been too busy to visit or dedicating their time to worthy causes like Michael has chosen to do. Former GP Michael Nelki … Read More

Delivering Legs to the Aderonke Rehabilitation Network in Abuja

Stefanie / Deliver a Leg, Nigeria

Supporting amputees and fighting disability stigma and misinformation in Nigeria In October 2019, Ruth Larbey, a science communications editor at UWE, set off to Abuja, Nigeria to attend a workshop aimed at improving science and health communication through the media. We were able to connect her with our friends at the Aderonke Rehabilitation Network, so as well as delivering a … Read More

Sharing leg advice between centres in UK and Africa

Bex Yearworth / Leg Work

One of the things I picked up quickly working with Legs4Africa was that this wasn’t just a case of dropping some limbs off where required and speeding away thinking that the job was done. Donating recycled limbs is one part of what Legs4Africa does but what it also does is invest in the limb centres in areas where they are … Read More

Clinical Advice Group – Connecting Leg Makers in Africa and UK

Phil Tunstall / Leg Work

Legs4Africa Clinical Support Group is a closed Facebook group that allows professionals across the World to connect. It is designed to provide peer to peer support for amputee rehabilitation professionals across Africa. This group is supported by a team of UK based prosthetists, technicians, physiotherapists and other clinicians who can provide advice to any member of the group. It is … Read More

Fashion Daaahling

Bethany / Uganda

So let’s talk about inclusivity! I mean, you’re here, on the Legs4Africa website so you’re already interested in seeing increased accessibility for all people. Which means that you also realise that we live in a less-than-perfect world in which people with disabilities can lack representation. On Saturday (16th November… I’m late to publish because I forgot to actually press the … Read More

Thank you Rotary friends

Tom Williams / Mens Shed / Rotary

Legs4Africa would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the following Rotary Clubs. Thank you for your generous support and for helping to set up an invaluable network of Men’s Shed groups across the UK. Because of you all, we are dismantling more prosthetic legs than ever, which in turn means we are getting even more … Read More

Sporting Leg-ends

Bethany / Football, Uganda

Saturday November 9th saw the third annual Kampala Capital City Authority Para-sports Gala – a day of celebration for adaptive sports and people with disabilities.  The event was specifically for disability sports in the Kampala region with each of the divisions competing against one another in wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, deaf football and amputee football. At 3pm amputee football kicked … Read More

A Problem Shared Is A Problem Halved

Bethany / Uganda

In the last five years hospital staff and local amputees have identified the gap between physical and emotional rehabilitation provisions. Whether it be in The Gambia, Ghana or Uganda it is something that gets brought up time and time again – the related traumas associated with limb loss, how it further adds to existing pressures and the fact the under-funded, … Read More

Big Ups To The Clinical Crew

Bethany / Uganda

In 2018/19 eleven suitcases we taken to partnering clinics in the East, Central and Western regions of Uganda as part of Deliver A Leg. These components meant that technologists like Henry Gazimba, Akram Semwanga and Tom Baguma could get an additional 246 amputees back on their feet. Uganda has seen decent economic progress in recent years but according to The … Read More

Pinch me. This must be a dream!

Bethany / Uganda

Well, what a month it has been here in Uganda. I have so much to share but let’s start a bit further back than a month in January of this year when I visited The Gambia for the third time but for the first time as a Legs4Africa volunteer since officially becoming one in 2016. At the time I was … Read More

Landmine Survivors In Uganda Looking Toward The Future

Bethany / Uganda

In 1991 the majesty of the Rwenzori Mountain range was marred by vicious civil conflict displacing thousands of families, forcing them to leave their homes and livelihoods. It was during this time that Asanaire went one morning to fetch food for his family who had left their farm for a less volatile part of the region. Whilst on his mission … Read More

Crikey, Legs4Africa is going Down Under!

Stefanie / Australia

We put a shrimp on the barbie and had a chat to Callum, our Aussie friend who is heading up the expansion of Legs4Africa into Melbourne. Callum, tell us a bit about yourself! I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I am a filmmaker and social worker; I work with vulnerable young people and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and … Read More