Social Enterprise Name: UPmovement
Contact: Tom Henskens, Chief of Freedom
Where does UPmovement affect change?
There are approximately 35 million amputees worldwide resulting from either disease, road accidents, landmines, or being involved in war.
In Syria, 50,000 civilians were caught in the crossfire during the recent civil war and required an amputation.
In Sudan, there is one Prosthetic Rehabilitation Centre that caters for approximately 60,000 patients annually.
Cambodia has the highest ratio of amputees per 100,000, with inadequate resources or trained staff to help the ever-increasing number.
UPmovement helps build prosthetic limbs in these countries + helps train more professionals in the field so that the industry can be more self-sustained.
Tell us about your social enterprise?
UPmovement is an apparel social enterprise, where we commit 100% of profits to building prosthetic limbs in developing and war-torn countries.
How long have you been operating?
How did the idea start?
UPmovement was born in 2017 when its founder Tom was on a university placement in Cambodia. He knew a little about the history of Cambodia prior to this trip, though he was impacted by the severe lack of resources and the intense need for prosthetic care throughout the country. The small rehabilitation centre he worked within took care of hundreds of patients. There were not enough trained professionals at the facility to care for these people, and the clinicians were not paid nearly enough to support their families.
How can people get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?
We are definitely open to collaboration! If anyone wants to get involved, we sell socks. You can either purchase socks directly from us or we can collaborate and send out wholesale socks for whatever products/services you provide!
We have also collaborated with larger organisations to create custom socks – we have made socks for different sporting clubs and corporate holiday gifts!
Do you have an important event or mission coming up?
We’re building our stocks for a bumper holiday season!
Are you raising funds for anything specific or rallying for a specific cause right now?
UPmovement is raising $20,000 to help support 20 youth amputees in rural Cambodia. It costs approx $1,000/year for a youth amputee to receive a new prosthetic limb and a full year of treatment.
Any interesting facts you can share about your social enterprise or industry?
This year we have wanted to help Australian artists and small businesses that have been badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we have started to bring out a range of socks that are designed by Australian artists and made locally by small manufacturing businesses using 100% Australian materials. We have collaborated with 6 artists, and have helped grow their reach and kept them working on what they love doing best!
What’s the overall vision for UPmovement?
To restore the freedom of human mobility to over 1 million amputees worldwide.
What’s your ‘why’? What drives UPmovement to do what you do?
Everyone deserves the freedom of human mobility. To walk, run, hop, skip and jump is something that everyone is entitled to, and we exist to make sure that everyone can be free.