William Francis Cherilla K2 Prosthetic Center 

In 2022, K2 Adventures Foundation had the opportunity to partner with Hope to Walk, a non-profit that creates prosthetic limbs out of local materials in Third World countries.

Co-Founder and President of K2 Adventures Foundation, Kevin Cherilla’s dream came to fruition by helping people with limb loss and honoring his grandfather, William Francis Cherilla, who lost his leg at the age of 7 in 1915. Our goal is to provide Tanzanians experiencing limb loss with a new outlook on life.

Working in partnership with U.S. based non-profit Hope to Walk and NSK Hospital in Arusha, during the summer of 2022, K2 Adventures Foundation built a brand-new prosthetic clinic, hired and trained a local prosthetist and helped 10 patients walk again! 

The first of its kind in Tanzania, we worked with individuals ranging from 3 years old to 60 years old during our inaugural summer and our goal is to use the K2 Prosthetic Center as a model and training facility for other prosthetists and prosthetic centers in Africa, making it possible to expand into new countries quickly.

The need is great in Tanzania. Diabetes, motorcycle accidents and congenital defects were the main causes of amputations in the majority of patients. Without doing any advertising, the team gathered and served many local patients and the list of future patients is already growing!

In addition to helping them walk again, the K2 Prosthetic Center assists these individuals by opening up job opportunities, securing steady means of income to provide for their families, as well as enabling them to live with confidence and improve all aspects of their lives.