(KUTV) Project Embrace collects durable medical equipment to give to people in need in Utah and around the world.
"You know the saying, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure?' Definitely the case," said Mohan Sudabattula, who founded the nonprofit in 2016.
Project Embrace is run by Sudabattula and two other University of Utah students.
"This is just one way we can help make sure that everyone has a health body and has a better sense of self," Sudabattula said.
They've taken items like crutches, braces, walkers, and wheelchairs to places in India and Africa.
"Some of the kids where we were operating were really just scooting across the floor with open wounds and blisters forming because they didn't have any other way to get around," Sudabattula said.
The equipment is making a world of difference to people in other countries.
"It really not only boosted their self-esteem, but allowed them to participate more in their community," Sudabattula said.
Right now, Project Embrace is getting equipment from individual donations, and even finding it in scrap yards. They also largely fund their humanitarian trips out of their own pockets.
They hope to set up collection facilities around the community to get more supplies.
Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Project Embrace with supplies, trips, and more.
If you're interested in helping out, visit the Project Embrace website.