About Jumping Kids

Technology has come a long way to enable amputees.

Most young South Africans living with amputation are limited more by health policies and the high cost of prosthetic equipment than by their actual physical ability. At Jumping Kids, the dream is to provide affordable prosthetic solutions geared for optimum results while boosting awareness and advocating for change. It is not enough to merely fit a child with a prosthetic. We believe access to the equipment should translate into access to better education and sport. This is achieved by following a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure the children’s long-term reintegration as valuable members of society.

Jumping Kids Is Ability!

Jumping Kids was launched in 2009 by Johan Snyders, CEO of Pretoria-based Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics, with the vision of providing latest prosthetic limb technology to child amputees in South Africa and Africa.

He became aware of thousands of children living with amputations without access to adequate prosthetic solutions or rehabilitation.

Recognizing an opportunity to make a difference, the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund came into being.

Jumping Kids is a registered not-profit  that provides access to lower limb prosthetic solutions to those who need it most, children living with amputations from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

 

The technology and expertise required to assist young South Africans living with lower limb amputations already exists.

There is a new way of prosthetic manufacture that does not compromise on quality. A below knee prosthetic is made in four steps using eight components while actual fitment can take as little as 45 minutes.

This revolutionary method – combined with a holistic approach to rehabilitation – present children living with amputations with a new lease on life and a chance to shine.

Potential candidates are referred . Once part of the program, beneficiaries remain on it for a minimum period of one year during which regular consultations are necessary to ensure continued optimal performance.

Currently Jumping Kids works with close to 80 children, aged 1 to 18,  from Gauteng, North West Province, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape,  Zimbabwe and Gabon.

The initiative is supported by the generosity of volunteers, sponsors, donors, organisations and friends that include some of the country’s top athletes.

Fundraising drives include collaborations with Avis South Africa, Unogwaja Challenge, Stepup500, Water4Good, Jeep Warrior Race, Celebrity Cycle Tour, Irene Athletics Club, Sasol Solar Challenge, Vodacom Change the World, Cape Epic & the Cape Argus to name but a  few.

Securing the funds necessary to service the children currently part of the program is an ongoing challenge. Jumping Kids relies on corporate social investment to achieve its mandate.

 

 

Ultimately, our goal is to support child amputees throughout their formative years to the completion of high school. We believe that access to prosthetic equipment should translate into access to quality education.

Access to sport is another important pillar of the Jumping Kids vision. Our kids are encouraged to participate and access to para-sport at the highest level has produced many success stories.The dream is to establish a Center of Excellence focused on sport as reintegration tool.

The bigger dream is to expand our vision and to make affordable prosthetic solutions and methods available to more children in Africa by engaging in knowledge-transfer initiatives with representatives from the SADC region.

Our Mission

Providing access to prosthetic equipment, mainstream education and sport opportunities for children living with lower limb amputations

Our Vision

Initiating projects across South and Southern Africa by engaging with industry partners, local communities, organisations and government.

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What is amputation?

Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma, prolonged constriction, or surgery. As a surgical measure, it is used to control pain or disease in the affected limb, such as malignancy or gangrene. In some cases, it is carried out on individuals as a preventative surgery for such problems. A special case is that of congenital amputation, a congenital disorder where fetal limbs have been cut off by constrictive bands. For more information visit: