Volume 11 (PDF version)
PET Gets a Renovation in Honduras
Last July we received this report from Honduras.
In early June I was on a bus in La Antigua, a small town in the far southeast part of Honduras, and saw a PET along the street. Unable to stop at that point, I had to go back later and find out about the PET. It belongs to Xavier, a 9 year old boy who was born with legs that don’t work properly. His mother had gone to San Pedro Sula about 4 – 5 years ago and was given the PET by a church.
Xavier is a happy young man who is able to go to school with the PET, riding it about 12 blocks on some very rough streets. He also sells oranges out of it along the streets in an effort to get new tires that are needed soon. He carries his walker in the back and can move slowly with it in places that the PET will not go.
….Xavier’s PET has been cared for and maintained but is showing wear. The wheels, chain, and sprockets had been greased recently…..I know that you like to get reports of good things that have happened, and this is one of them. God bless everyone who helps with the PET Project in any way. Ralph McClurg“
Mr. McClurg told the family he would be back in September and would try to bring Xavier new tires. He was going to work with the PET Southwest MO crew to try to get new tires as he is located closest to them. This is an example of PET’s longevity, the importance of the standardization of the PET, and our PET Friends working together to help persons with mobility. We have made changes to the PET to help with durability and long term use, but kept dimensions the same for replacement parts years later as in this case. (pictured: old tires off and new ones on with new paint on his PET)
August Notes From our Great Distribution Partners
Both of these partners are newer to our PET organization.
“…Our lives and ministry have been uplifted by the ministry of PET… Carol
“Von, These are some persons with disabilities who are benefiting from our
Indeed a new chapter has started in their lives.
Thanks, God bless you all. My regards, George Chimpiko
Distribution Partner reports:
8/14/2012 email from Thailand:
PET production achievements and goals:
In July we received this email report from the Affiliate in process in Australia “…We have received a couple of packs of Timber for the PETs and it has all been cut up. We have enough to make 40-45 cases. We hope to have them made in the next 4 weeks. David Phillips” David received training at our site in FL in February 2012. Once they have some PETs fully assembled, one of our board trustees has agreed to go and inspect them before any shipping takes place. They are part of the Lions organization and already ship overseas containers of mission goods to the South Pacific Basin, India, Sri Lanka and the east coast of Africa. PETs will be an additional item to offer to those most in need.
PETs Continue to Ship Out of New York
PET NY-East Jewett became an Affiliate in 2004 as the 4th ever to start production. They hosted our annual meeting and conference in 2007. Their founder, Don Muth, has been to Benin, Africa, to participate in a distribution of his NY made PETs which he reported on at our 2009 conference. Don is also one of our current board members.
In May these pictures came. They were loading a shipment for Lions Club members in India. Lions Clubs have received multiple shipments for distribution in India. (Don Muth is pictured at the right of the truck driver.)