Distributions in Kenya
|“Well, we handled a PET case Mrs. Mary Achieng Waga aged 38 who suffered polio at the age of five. She is disabled and she cannot walk but only crawls. She sells vegetables for a livelihood as she must feed three children having lost her husband 8 years ago. She is a desperate case in many ways. Upon receiving the PET she said, ‘I am so happy and it is like God has come to me in a miracle and given me a new beginning…I am grateful to the almighty God and I bless the hearts that have made it possible for me to get the peddle cart (PET)…I can now move like everybody else’ We shall continue to reach more like Mary who deserve, value and appreciate the gesture of your generosity and sacrifice.”|
“May God forever reward your efforts!”
Old PET can get a makeover in Zambia
Here’s a report on the longevity of a PET. New Life Center in Zambia is a Methodist mission that does a variety of work including a PET production shop known as PET Zambia. For 16 years our greater PET family has assisted by sending completed PETs, supplies to construct on site, and funds to help with the expensive costs of fuel to deliver PETs over rough roads and long distances. This is the oldest PET we have had follow up on. (Last year we received a report on an 8 year old PET in Ecuador still going.)
October 2011 email: “I recently traveled to the North West corner of Zambia to a tribal place called Kanyama. We held a crusade at the annual Rain Festival at Chief Kanyama’s Palace. While I was there a young man came up to me on a PET with a big smile. If I remember right his name is Collins Mulusa. We greeted and talked awhile. I looked over his PET and saw it was in good shape. I asked him, ‘How long have you had this PET?’. He said, ‘You gave it to me ten years ago!’ I looked closer and saw it had all the older parts and front fork and even tubed tires. I asked him if he used it much and he said, ‘Every day.’ (Of course, he had no legs.) I asked him if it needed work done to it and he pointed to the normal things: chain, sprockets and bearings. Then I realized we have a dear missionary friend, Gordon McKilup, at the CMML Mission that helps find people in need of PETs and distribute them in the Kanyama area, AND that he keeps parts there. In fact, what Gordon does is he keeps one PET as a loaner while he rebuilds or repairs PETs. So Collins promised me he was going to see Gordon to see if he can keep his old-faithful PET another ten years! God is good, Delbert Groves”(Big Blue, donated by the Goodwill Foundation, can deliver about 50 PETs at a time or one month’s production. We are again working with PET Zambia to send supplies for another year’s production.)
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PET Affiliate on the go
What happens at PET TX-Rio Grande Valley? They began their PET involvement by crossing the border into Mexico and setting up a PET production and distribution site. Later they set up an approved Affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley area. Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico. Amputations are many. “As of this date, 44 carritos PET have been donated by PET, Rio Grande Valley, headed by Stan Marley in coordination with the Rio Bravo Lion’s Club La Sautena and Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud, represented by Louise Flippin.” “He has trouble walking. I do not know why. He is very poor and prior to receiving PET, his means to move was a walker. He is 70. He collects cans for income so the PET is extremely important to him since he can travel longer distances to collect cans or to travel to receive food packets from the Rio Bravo Lions. Hope this helps. Louise Flippin, Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud in McAllen, TX” (In picture: Stan Marley, PET volunteer, behind recipient; recipient’s walker to right; and Lions members in their yellow vests.)
Gifts in honor or memory
In honor of Dee Covey & Jim Long’s marriage by Moine & Mabel West; Rachel & Jacob to Guatemala for a PET distribution by Paul & Patty Brown;
62 PET volunteers attended our Annual Meeting and Workshop Conference in Moundridge, KS, last September. Persons from around the country attended all or part of the 2 day event. We were so fortunate to be able to hear from three of our distribution partners (Chad, Swaziland and Ivory Coast) either in person or by Skype. Our workshop topics included shop safety, transportation & distribution, CAMP project, book review, standardization, long range planning, internet & website, and open forum. All are welcome to attend. Mark your calendars for September 21-22, 2012 at PET TX-Brazos Valley in Bryan. We look forward to seeing representatives from every trained Affiliate and interested persons.