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Mobility Worldwide MO-Columbia Update
October 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:
For fifty-two years I have worked with the poor of the world – of the USA, in Africa, Central America, South America, Russia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and more. That relationship has been to me an inspiration, an education, and a very enriching and humbling experience. I greatly admire their ability to endure hardships, living conditions, indignities and marginalization with a patience I cannot imagine for myself.
Fortunately, worldwide poverty had been cut in half in the last twenty years, and is declining at the rate of about 1% a year.
Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia seeks out some of the poorest of the poor – those whose leg handicaps keep them immobile and unproductive. The provision of a hand-cranked wheelchair to some of them has taught me another happy truth – their strong entrepreneurial desire to make use of their new mobility to make an income to pay back for their previous care and to help the family. Here are some sample stories of that:
*** A person in Viet Nam got a Mobility Cart and began to go to a nearby recreation park and sell balloons.
*** A young woman in Honduras took her cart to her priest and had it blessed, and then began to ride through her village selling the fresh bread and rolls her parents made.
*** A polio victim in Guatemala rode his cart home and built a nice traveling snack stand on it; then hit the street selling out fast.
*** A man in Guatemala went to Mexico to pick coffee. When he attempted to hop a freight train to go home he slipped and both his legs were cut off at the crotch. When he finally got home, he was deeply depressed. But then he got a Mobility Cart and established a small business of selling school supplies at the entrance to a large public school.
*** One man who received a cart in Guatemala went into the advertising business. He put a sound system on the cart and went around his town advertising for local businesses.
*** A boy in Kenya received the gift of mobility. Before that his mother had to carry him for his every need–to school, to church, to social gatherings, etc. Then Eric got a cart and could take himself where needed. That released his mother to establish a small business, a green garden that gave them income.
As world poverty rates steadily drop, Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia can say with just pride that we have had a part in that and will continue to do so with your partnership. Let’s keep fighting poverty one cart at a time!
“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.” Martin Luther King
Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia