World Rehabilitation Fund

The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), an international non-governmental organization giving help and hope to people around the world, has helped to serve more than four million persons with disabilities in over 150 countries. In the wake of extreme poverty, conflict and natural disasters, WRF has trained more than 2,000 rehabilitation professionals and established critically-needed Prosthetic and Orthotic Services and Rehabilitation Services in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. WRF was founded in 1955 by Dr. Howard A. Rusk, widely regarded as the “father of rehabilitation medicine,” on the fundamental belief that rehabilitation must address the whole person and not only their physical disabilities. WRF is devoted to the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities and other vulnerable communities—including women and children—throughout the world. WRF believes that all people, regardless of disability, have the right to participate fully in their communities, and to attain education and viable employment. Ever since its foundation and over the last six decades, WRF has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the initiation, implementation and development of transformative programs in many countries around the world. WRF’s programs and activities aim to mobilize, upgrade and organize local resources and capabilities, empower vulnerable communities, affect sustainable change and develop the spirit and practice of self-reliance and self-sustainability. WRF’s mission is to enable individuals around the world with functional limitations and participation restrictions to achieve community and social integration through physical and socio-economic rehabilitation and advocacy; and to prevent disability and reduce disadvantage.

Acronym: WRF

Primary Address

16 E 40th St

Suite 704

New York, NY 10016



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  • Music for Haiti

    A project from 2 different sectors in Haiti

    WRF is supporting innovative music education programs that recognize the dignity and potential of young people with disabilities at Ecole St. Vincent School for Children with Disabilities, which serves 450... Learn more

    Last updated October 19, 2017

  • Artisans' Association of Cambodia

    A project from 3 different sectors in Cambodia

    The Artisans Association of Cambodia (AAC), a Fair Trade association, was formed by WRF in 2001 and with support from the UNDP to support the development of crafts as a viable way of economic improvement of disadvantaged... Learn more

    Last updated October 19, 2017