What does Mobility have to do with coolers?

Persons who receive Mobility Carts often have three responses.

First, they experience pure joy at receiving the gift of mobility. For the first time in many years, they are able to move about, to look people in the eye, to be social. A huge smile often accompanies their inner joy.

Second, they ask the question, “Why would someone a half a world away, whom I can never thank personally, who does not even know me, do this for me?”

Third, They ask, “How can I use this cart to help make a living for myself, and to pay back those who have for so long supported me?”

Ten or so years ago as we heard that question we began to experiment with ways in which we could supply some help in answering that last question. … We developed what we call the “mini-mart”, which is composed of a 28-quart quality picnic cooler, a couple of sturdy plastic boxes to hold candy, etc., and a wooden rack to attach to the cart to hold the cooler.

(Happy recipients in Guatemala in 2011.)

(Picture from Connie Cheren, PFC Founder.)

We are now sending hundreds of Mobility Carts to an outstanding NGO in Kenya – Partners For Care. They have received some mini-marts in the first full shipment in March, and now they want more. They write, “PFC wants to give the disabled more than mobility. We want to give them a way to make a living and the mini-marts do that. And they really like the plastic containers.”

“A missed opportunity is worse than a defeat.” – ?Anon
Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia
(full article)

Pull Cart Gives Mobility to 14-year-old in Haiti

From Christ Family Church – Making a Difference:

Jesse, from Christ Family Church, shares about the team’s action-packed day. From creating safer living conditions to providing mobility for those who were without, they are striving to make the greatest difference possible with the time they are given.

After the goats were gone, we came back to the campus to pick up a PET (Personal Energy Transportation) cart for a young man of 14 who has a very small disfigured body. Because he would be unable to propel the cart himself, this one was modified to include a handle for pulling him. The visit with him was a joy for everyone because this young man has a beautiful smile and a joyful spirit. Our Haitian companions were very engaged with him and were excited to pull him in the cart for a trial run. Christi was happy that we had that opportunity because it proved that further modifications are needed.

“This … will allow me to be independent.”

From I WILL RESTART MY BUSINESS:

by Richard Stephens on August 4, 2017

Malita Chaya

Chikwawa District, Malawi … Born in 1972 forty-five-year-old Malita Chaya has entertained the idea of having her own business for a long time. However, reality dictated another course, one that offered little in the way of advancement, no type of wage increase, no retirement program, nor any health insurance, and no possibility of advancement for merit. Her legs would not move, and this made it nearly impossible to care for her three children.

A couple of years ago the Malawi Project was able to give her a wheelchair, and with its mobility she was able to get her business started. However, when the wheelchair was badly damaged she had to stop. With the broken wheelchair her dreams stopped as quickly as the broken or bent wheelchair rim.

Mobility Unit Gives Hope

With the broken wheelchair she had no hope, and without hope she had no promise. But now, with the new mobility unit, she would start her business up again. Malita is not like so many other people in urban areas who cannot get around easily. For them begging is a way of life. For Malita, her aspirations go much farther, and they include her children. She works very hard to make a living. Her every move is watched by her daughter, and Malita is determined to follow a different path in life. She is unwavering in her desire to teach her children to work for a living. To say the least Malita is an example that will go a long way toward giving them an “example” to lead the way in the right direction.

Malita is second from the left in this picture of four recipients of mobility units.

“This is a really nice way to travel,” she said. “I have never seen anything like this. I can now take my produce from my garden to the market and sell them for money. This is a good thing and will allow me to be independent.”

“I had no idea that the recipients were going to be this excited!”

Dear Pastor Rick,

We very glad to share with you that we started distributing the PET today. I had no idea that the recipients were going to be this excited. Words are inadequate to express their appreciation. I am personally overwhelmed by the deep gratitude expressed by the recipients.

I am attaching a few pictures.

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. James Z. Labala
Conference Secretary / Associate Dean, GST, United Methodist University
Liberia Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church

Modified Mobility Carts enable commercial endeavors in Guatemala

From William Roberto Sosa:

AQUI LES DEJO VARIOS EJEMPLOS DE PERSONAS QUE CAMBIARON SU ESTILO DE VIDA. Y DEJARON DE PEDIR DINERO. Ahora trabajan por su propia cuenta. Si te gusta comenta y danos alguna sugerencia constructiva.

Facebook Translation: Here I leave several examples of people who changed their lifestyle. And they stopped asking for money. Now they work on their own. If you like comment and give us some constructive suggestions.

2017 Annual Conference September 28-30