About Jumping Kids

Technology has come a long way to enable amputees.

Jumping Kids was launched in 2009 by Johan Snyders, Chief Executive of IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics.  Through his work in the field of prosthetics he became aware of countless children living with limb amputations or deficiencies, from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, without access to adequate prosthetic and orthotic solutions or rehabilitation therapy.  Through Jumping Kids he realized his vision of providing latest prosthetic limb and bracing technology to these children in South Africa and the African continent.

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

The technology and expertise required to assist children living with lower limb amputations or limb deficiencies already exists.

There is a new way of prosthetic manufacture that 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.

This revolutionary method combined with a holistic approach to rehabilitation present children living with amputations or limb deficiencies 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.

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The Present

Jumping Kids has assisted more than 80 children, aged between 1 to 18, living with lower limb amputations or deficiencies hailing from Gauteng, North West Province, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Our initiative is supported by a roster of volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors, fellow non-profit organizations and friends, including some of the country’s top Paralympic athletes.

Fundraising drives include collaborations with Avis South Africa, Unogwaja Challenge, StepUp500, Water4Good, Warrior Race Series, Celebrity Cycle Tour, Irene Athletics Club, Sasol Solar Challenge, Vodacom Change the World, Cape Epic, Cape Argus and Bikers for Mandela Day.

The Future

The goal of Jumping Kids is to support beneficiaries throughout their formative years up to completion of high school. We believe that access to prosthetic equipment should translate into access to quality education. Where possible, Jumping Kids assists beneficiaries with bursaries to attend some of the finest mainstream schools in South Africa.

Access to sport is an important pillar of the Jumping Kids vision and beneficiaries are encouraged to participate. Sports participation opportunities at the highest level have produced many success stories and our dream is to establish a Center of Excellence, focused on sport as an effective rehabilitation and reintegration tool.

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

Ntando Mahlangu

Latest News

Tokyo Paralympics a triumph for IceXpress Progressive Prosthetics and Jumping Kids Associates

26 Oct 2021
The Innovation Hub, Tshwane, Monday 25 October 2021 – South Africa’s Paralympic squad brought home seven medals from the recent Tokyo Paralympic Games that took place between August 24th and September 5...

South African squad for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics include five from Gauteng

26 Oct 2021
The Innovation Hub, Tshwane, Monday 16 August 2021 – SASCOC on Saturday (14 August 2021) announced its 34-athlete South African squad headed for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games taking place from August 24th to September 5th...

Teen blade-athlete shines at National Para athletics Championships

8 Jun 2021
Johannesburg, 06 May 2021 – This year’s edition of the Toyota South Africa SASAPD National Track and Field Championships, that took place at the Westbourne Oval in Gqeberha, re-ignited our ‘Passion for...

Track & field championships ignite “new normal” flame

30 Apr 2021
Pretoria, 30 April 2021 – This year’s edition of the Toyota SASAPD National Track & Field Championships, that took place in Gqeberha (24-26 April), re-ignited our ‘Passion for Paralympics’ on home-soil. The...

Paralympian celebrates world record by giving back

23 Apr 2021
Port Elizabeth, Friday 23 April 2021 – South African Paralympian, Ntando Mahlangu, celebrated his result from last weekend’s Athletics South Africa (ASA) Senior Track and Field Championships by paying it forward to...

Adapting to new normal in 2020

1 Feb 2021
In 2020 we all had to adapt. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with its subsequent lockdown restrictions, brought things to a sudden halt for all of us last year. At Jumping Kids...

Ntando Mahlangu in Netflix Original about Paralympics

24 Aug 2020
“The Paralympics were incredible. I thought if the story could be made into a film it would be the most extraordinary tale of courage, bravery and brilliance”. So says Greg...

Top Five Finish for SA’s Young Para Athletes

14 Aug 2019
The Innovation Hub, 14 August 2019 – South Africa’s young track and field athletes achieved a top five overall finish, out of 35 competing nations, at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships that...

Solution for Samkelo

23 Jul 2019
Thanks to a donation from Avis South Africa, Jumping Kids celebrates this year’s Mandela Day by fitting Samkelo Molopo from Middelburg with his new below-knee prosthetic solution. The event...