FERNI is a non-profit organization that was established in 1983 by a Group of women from the Rotary Clubs (7000 districts) in Puerto Rico. The main objective of FERNI is to provide for the low-income disabled children (from birth to 18 years old), the specialized medical equipment and tools to help them overcome their physical limitations and enjoy some independency.
Philosophy of FERNI
The disabled child requires specialized equipment such as: wheelchairs, travel chairs, walkers, posture bracers, and others.
Families with a handicapped child suffer his or her physical, emotional and spiritual limitations. These limitations demands for medical and other multiple health services that are possible with the equipment donated by our Foundation. The equipment provides the user the freedom necessary to help them incorporate back to their community.
The average cost of each equipment ranges between $1,000 and $14,000.
How does FERNI operates?
We receive applications for assistance that are referred to us by private and government entities throughout the Island. These applications are evaluated by a Committee according to the type of handicap situation and the disabled child’s economic resources. Once the application is approved, the equipment is ordered to the suppliers.
How does FERNI obtains its funds?
FERNI receives funds from local government entities, membership entry quotes, corporate and individuals donations and contributions from some Rotary Clubs. In addition, the Foundation promotes different fund-raising activities that are carried out throughout the year. Some FERNI’s fund-raising activities:
- Fashion Shows
- Wine Tasting