HealthWrights: Help Us

HealthWrights is a small non-profit organization run and managed largely by volunteers. Our goal is to help create tools for the disadvantaged in today’s increasingly polarized world, and to contribute toward helping create a more loving, caring community, locally and globally, in which we all work together for the common good.

We have a very modest budget, yet have managed to make a number of groundbreaking contributions, both in hands-on practice and in seminal writings (handbooks, newsletters, and political tracts) that have helped bring about empowerment of the disempowered in the fields of Primary Health Care and Community Based Rehabilitation. And we have done it on a minimal budget – largely because of teamwork of caring volunteers.

See also our Volunteer Experiences page


Contribute Financially

HealthWrights makes every dollar count. For example, Where There Is No Doctor – which, according to WHO, has become “the most used manual in the world in the field on International Health” – cost only USD $2000 for the first edition, including printing. This was possible because all the work – writing, illustrating, formatting, peer review, and paste-up (by hand) of photo-ready copy, was done by volunteers.

Today our presence is digital. That reduces the cost of “printing” but involves long-term costs pertaining to web hosting and technical assistance.

And we continue to need financial support for producing wheelchairs and other aid to the disabled community through our Piaxtla, PROJIMO, Child-to-Child, and Habilítate Mazatlán programmes.

Donations also defray the cost of travel, communications (telephone) and other administrative expenses (stationary).

How You Can Donate


Just push the donate button and you will be directed to PayPal where you can pay either with your Pay Pal account, or a credit card.

Or, if you prefer, send a check to


c/o Jason Weston

3897 Hendricks Road

Lakeport CA 95453 USA

Email us at to arrange a wire transfer.

Volunteer Your Time

HealthWrights still has a lot of things we want to accomplish, and ideas and information we want to share. But we still have a very limited budget – partly because in so many ways we are “outside the box.”

We very much need volunteer assistance!

With the internet, it’s more possible than ever for you to volunteer your time from where ever you live. All you’ll need is time and an internet connection.

We need folks skilled in graphic arts, accounting, page layout, writing and editing, publication, website administration, website development, fundraising, web programming and more.

If you have the will and the skills to help us out in any of the following areas, please get in touch.

Don’t have those skills but have talent and heart?

We can train you!

Just email

Areas in which HealthWrights needs your volunteer help

We’ve struck through the areas where volunteers have stepped up to help!

  • Help with developing a fundraising program.
  • Help with trouble-shooting with computer, website and Internet glitches: We desperately need a patient nerd who can help us resolve problems and teach us how to get out of and avoid them. Part of our difficulty is different members of our team use Mac, PC, and other (gratis) systems.
  • Help with management of the HealthWrights site.
  • Some administrative tasks and also technology (IT) support.

Help with Newsletters:

  • Formatting of new newsletters
  • Preparing topic-based index of old newsletters
  • Translation and formatting into Spanish of new newsletters
  • Translation and formatting into Spanish of old newsletters (beginning w/ key ones)—this task has been completed; they need only be integrated into the new site.
  • Help with layout and formatting of online (and print) reports and photo-documentaries (including tweaking (with Gimp or Photoshop) of photos).
  • For a Spanish speaker with web skills – help in training (through Skype and online) a disabled young women with basic computer/Internet skills to build an attractive, informative and educational website for PROJIMO Duranguito, a program run by disabled team that custom designs and builds wheelchairs and other equipment for disabled children.
  • Help with promotion and sales of HealthWrights books – especially our two self-published books, Nothing About Us Without Us: Developing Innovative Technologies For, By, and With Disabled Persons by David Werner, and Questioning the Solution: The Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival by David Werner and David Sanders. (See online versions of both books on this site.)
  • Help with converting old, now classic educational slideshows (community health and rehabilitation) into DVD s and for online viewing (YouTube)
  • Preparation of original “Reports from the Sierra Madre” (see online version) into a publication (in print and online) with photos and drawings.—See: Reports from the Sierra Madre.
  • Help with organization and preparation for publication of the Newsletters from the Sierra Madre (see online versions of more than 80 issues on this site), edited and arranged into three possible volumes: “Primary Health Care,” “Disability/Community Based Rehabilitation,” and “Politics of Health”