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STAND: We Walk Together

The evolution has happened! Legs4Africa is now STAND: We Walk Together…

The change has been in creation for several month. Thought, canvassing and analysis leading to discussion and choice of new name and identity to suit the onward journey of this compassionate and very pro-active charity.

Founder, Tom Williams, writes:

“As we continue our journey of empowering individuals with limb differences across sub-Saharan Africa, I am excited to announce that we have evolved from Legs4Africa to a new identity that more holistically embodies our mission and vision. We are now STAND.

STAND represents our commitment to providing high-quality prosthetic limbs and supporting rehabilitation services. This change marks a significant milestone in our journey. Over the past decade, we have grown and learned so much from the incredible individuals and communities we support. Our new name reflects our dedication to inclusivity, innovation, and the pursuit of making rehabilitation accessible and affordable for every amputee in sub-Saharan Africa.

We have seen individuals regain their independence, return to work, and contribute to their communities with confidence and pride

As we embrace this new chapter, our mission remains steadfast. Our vision of a world where every amputee has the chance to live a fulfilling life is clearer than ever.

Thank you for standing with us. Your support, generosity, and belief in our cause have been the backbone of the impact we have made so far.”

(Tom Williams, Founder)

We send our congratulations to STAND on this exciting new identity, which so perfectly reflects their determination to change the lives of as many amputees as they can in sub-Saharan Africa. They have done so much already and the energy created by this reinforcement of their evolving mission ensures that they will go from strength to strength. Their success, crafted from conviction and sheer determination couldn’t be more deserved. We feel privileged to have witnessed the inspiring journey of the charity from Legs4Africa to STAND: We Walk Together.

Please click on the link at the bottom of this post, or the image below to see a very inspiring video, “WE ARE STAND” by Tom Williams, Founder of Legs4Africa, which explains the drive behind the evolution of the charity.

You will also be able to learn more about Tom and to read recent news and developments.

 

STAND: We Walk Together


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Last post from Legs4Africa

This will probably be the last post I write from Legs4Africa. I write that with a heavy heart… but also huge excitement as future posts will come from STAND “We Walk Together” as Legs4Africa will become know from the end of May!

Legs4Africa has achieved a phenomenal amount since its inception and felt that it was time for a change to reflect the evolution of its journey. When we first came across it, the charity was tackling the ridiculous situation regarding obsolete prosthetics. At that time £1000s worth of  perfectly good – sometimes brand new – prosthetics were being sent to landfill, despite wishes of the owners that they be passed on for the benefit of other amputees. That Legs4Africa succeeded in that where others had failed was an achievement in itself, but their intention to use those prosthetics to help amputees in sub-Saharan Africa, where having a disability of any kind could result in ostracism and shame, was ground-breaking. Since then, they have collected thousands of prosthetic legs and components of lower limb prostheses, honed their system of collection and delivery and changed the lives of hundreds of amputees in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently they’ve expanded their area, opening up new clinics enabling them to reach more amputees across the region and now into Western Africa with a presence in the Gambia as well. These developments seemed to require a refreshed identity as Tom Williams OBE, Founder of Legs4Africa, explains below.

We’re on the brink of something monumental Tom Williams OBE, Founder of Legs4Africa

After a long period of soul searching, deep reflection and listening, Legs4Africa’s new incarnation and its ongoing direction have been decided. As Tom says

This facelift is a testament to our journey, our learnings, and the powerful conversations that have shaped us

What a whirlwind of a journey it’s been! As I’ve hinted in previous months, we’re on the brink of something monumental. Today, I am thrilled to share the essence of our collective motivation and the exciting trajectory we’re embarking upon in the coming months. 

A brand new chapter: From Legs4Africa to STAND

Yes, you read that right! From the end of May, we will proudly refer to ourselves as STAND – with the tagline “We Walk Together.” This facelift is a testament to our journey, our learnings, and the powerful conversations that have shaped us.

The decision to rebrand comes after deep reflection and listening. We’ve realised that while Legs4Africa resonated with many, it also brought its share of confusion and misinterpretations. Our aim? To eliminate ambiguity and align closer with our mission – supporting mobility and independence, with a commitment to unity, respect and collective progress.

Why the change, you ask? Because words have power. They shape perceptions, foster connections, and build the foundations of our community. “STAND” reflects our core belief in standing together, in solidarity with our global partners, to overcome challenges and celebrate achievements. It’s about embracing every step of the journey with courage, support, and a spirit of togetherness. “We Walk Together,” encapsulates our collective mission that no one gets left behind.”

(Tom Williams OBE)

Legs4Africa has always appeared to be one of the most cohesive charity teams you could come across. In the most recent update, Tom shared that

Unlike a cat on its ninth life, our enthusiasm for in-person meetings hasn’t died—quite the opposite, actually

At their latest annual general meeting, they not only dived into the depths of the organisations’s soul, but organised a workshop led by counsellor Malachy Dunne (link below) on vulnerability and trust. Apparently the experience fortified the team’s already strong bond and gave invaluable insights into the power of openness and genuine connections. I think this close teamwork has played a big part in making Legs4Africa such an effective and pro-active organisation.

As you read this last post from Legs4Africa on the DBF Website, please join us in sending huge congratulations to the charity for all it has achieved. Goodbye Legs4Africa and go well STAND! May you all Walk Together into an even brighter future.

We’ll keep you updated with progress at this very exciting time!

Last post from Legs4Africa

The Legs4Africa / STAND team. From left to right: Chris, Matt, Promise, Tom (and Bertie), Sue, Stef, Anna & Phil


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