About Jumping Kids

Technology has come a long way to enable amputees.

The prosthetic technology to empower children living with lower limb amputation or limb related disability already exists.

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

The revolutionary method combined with a holistic approach to rehabilitation present children living with amputation or limb related disability with the opportunity to develop on par with their able-body peers.

Once part of the programme, beneficiaries remain on it for a minimum period of one year during which routine follow-up consultations are necessary to ensure the mobility equipment is updated as the child grows.

Our social impact philosophy is built on three pillars; facilitating access to mobility (prosthetics/orthotics), quality education and sport.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide access to quality prosthetic equipment and rehabilitative care, mainstream education, and sports participation opportunities for children living with lower limb amputations or deficiencies from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our Vision

Our vision is to expand our reach by initiating projects to assist children living with lower limb amputations or deficiencies across South- and Southern Africa through engagement with industry partners, local communities, organizations and government.

Our Journey

Jumping Kids was launched in 2009 by prosthetist, Johan Snyders after he became aware of countless children living with lower limb amputation without access to quality prosthetic equipment or rehabilitative care. He decided to get involved and make a difference.

In 2013 Michael Stevens joined the team. He was selected as a Vodacom Change the World (CtW) volunteer in service of a charity of choice. Being a bilateral lower limb prosthetic device user himself since childhood, Michael chose to volunteer at Jumping Kids to help make sure more children get the opportunities he had while growing up.

Under his direction our Jumping Kids vision evolved into a holistic approach to providing access to prosthetics while creating opportunities for beneficiaries to attend quality mainstream schools and participate in sport.

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The Present

Jumping Kids has assisted approximately 250 children; hailing from across South Africa and as far as Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique; living with lower limb amputation or limb related disability to gain access to quality prosthetic/orthotic equipment and rehabilitative care.

Through the provision of educational bursaries and support during the application process, we have assisted numerous beneficiaries to gain access to mainstream education.  Beneficiaries have successfully applied to quality schools such as Pretoria Boys High School, Pretoria Girls High School and King Edward VII School in Johannesburg.

Our endeavours to provide beneficiaries with access to sporting opportunities have produced many success stories. The inclusion of Jumping Kids ambassadors; Ntando Mahlangu, Puseletso Mabote and Tebogo Mofokeng in the South African team competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is a point of pride.

The Future

Our goal is to support beneficiaries with access to mobility equipment, rehabilitation therapy, school and sport through-out their formative years. The continued support from individual donors, sponsors, corporate partners and charity ambassadors makes it possible.

The future dream is to establish a Centre of Excellence focused on sport as a method to promote rehabilitation and integration after amputation while new techniques in prosthetic manufacturing can be explored.

The bigger dream is to make affordable prosthetic solutions and rehabilitative methods available to more amputees on the continent by engaging in knowledge-transfer initiatives with representatives from the SADC region.

 

 

Ntando Mahlangu

Latest News

JK associated athletes at Para Athletics World Championships

17 May 2024
It is an Olympic year! This means another chance to celebrate sport as an important factor in creating better understanding and inclusive change, while cheering for our South African role...

Jumping Kids associated swimmers perform well at Nationals

13 May 2024
Gauteng Para swimmers associated with the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund (Jumping Kids) produced some solid performances at the 2024 Toyota SASAPD National Championships (21-25 March) in Bloemfontein, bringing home 15 medals for...

Sunshine Ladies Tour golfer, Stacy Bregman partners with Jumping Kids

19 April 2024
The Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund (Jumping Kids) today announced its partnership with professional golfer, Stacy Bregman, currently in action on the Sunshine Ladies Tour with the next event teeing off...

Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund sets the pace at Nationals

5 April 2024
The 2024 edition of the Toyota SASAPD National Championships (21-25 March) in the Free State’s Bloemfontein saw athletes associated with the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund (Jumping Kids) producing some stand-out...

Moving with Komatsu Foundation Trust

22 February 2024
Amongst other commonalities in its vision, the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund (Jumping Kids) and the Komatsu Foundation Trust (Komatsu) share a goal of promoting access to mobility solutions and quality...

Jumping Kids launches Mobility Games event in collaboration with SEMLI

25 October 2023
On August 31st 2023, the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund (Jumping Kids) hosted its inaugural Mobility Games event in collaboration with SEMLI (The Sport, Exercise Medicine & Lifestyle Institute) at the University...

Round Table Pretoria hosts Action Cricket Day to raise funds for Jumping Kids

11 August 2023
On August 12th, the Pretoria charter of the Round Table initiative is hosting a day of action cricket, at Bull Ring Action Cricket in Centurion, to raise funds for children...

The Strenue Trust, investing in an inclusive future in collaboration with Jumping Kids

27 July 2023
Johannesburg, 27 July 2023 – The 2023 Para Athletics World Championships; that concluded on July 17th at Stade Charléty in Paris, France; produced a blistering *T63 100m sprint performance from Jumping Kids Prosthetic...

Puseletso Mabote (17) sets two World marks at National Para athletics Championships

21 March 2023
The curtain came down at the Toyota South Africa SASAPD (Sports Association for the Physically Disabled) National Para athletics Championships (19-21 March) in Cape Town with 17 year-old Paralympian, Puseletso Mabote...