Distributions in Peru and Zambia
Medical Ministry International continues PET cart distribution in Peru.
|Life Restoration Partners International report excerpt:|
“On a trip to Zambia in July 2011, our short term ministry team was taking time to follow up with OVC Advocates with whom we have developed a partnership. There are so many orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia…Many needs were presented to us, but we developed a special burden for two children, Mapalo and Blessings. Blessings and Mapalo both suffer from Cerebral Palsy… the 6 year old girl, Blessings, arrived tied to her caregivers back using a Chitenge. As one would imagine, it is not easy to take her places, but at age 6 she is still small enough to transport. Mapalo, on the other hand, is a 12 year old boy who has grown larger than his grandmother who serves as his primary caregiver. He could stand and take a few steps with assistance from his grandmother, but in a society where walking is a way of life, he is rarely able to go far…but the relationship that the caretakers had with their children also stood out to us. …Upon returning (to the US) we began searching for options…One of the team member’s mother learned about a group that made PET carts here in the US. These seemed to be perfect since they are designed to travel on non-paved, less-than-ideal roads and paths. When communicating with Von Driggs of PET International, we learned that they had a person who made these carts in the neighboring town of Kitwe, Zambia! The communication was a breeze – Von was quick to respond and introduce us to his Zambian counterpart, Delbert, who manufactures the PET chairs from the New Life Center (PET Zambia) in Kitwe. He was able to build specialized chairs for the children, which were ready for pick-up in a short amount of time. We are very grateful for the work of PET International and the New Life Center in Kitwe for stepping up to meet the needs of disabled children and be a visible expression of the love of Christ… Tannen VanZwieten, Director“
Volunteers come full circle in Dominican Republic
Mark Griffy (shown above) and his team of volunteers at PET Memphis have
In November 2011 the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp delivered 113 PET carts from three of the PET Affiliates in TN, FL and MI. Mark Griffy led a team of PET Memphis volunteers back to DR to help reassemble the PETs and distribute. They are off to a great start in their work to help the disabled thru PET.
Distribution Partner reports:
Conclusion:…We thank PET with all of our hearts for their generosity to the handicapped people of Senegal through MIS and CBN.”
Landmines: They are one of the main reasons PETs are needed and will be needed for some time to come. The National Geographic magazine in January had a story called “The Healing Hands”. In it there was a chart of the world highlighting the reported number of people killed or injured by landmines by country from
PET production achievements and goals:
The Affiliate production sites range in age from 18 years to less than one year. Once they get a shop established, they build anywhere from 1 to 40+ a week. Each PET built, shipped and distributed is very important.
PET International Representative in Zimbabwe
On April 18, 2012 the Board of Trustees of PET International voted unanimously in favor of a proposal for Morgan Matsiga to serve as their mission representative headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe. Morgan is a citizen of Zimbabwe who is returning to his native country for two years to fulfill a commitment for receiving
Look for stories and reports from Morgan on the PET International blog and newsletters. And feel free to contact Morgan at Shumba3@hotmail.com.
Fundraising can be fun
Our volunteer, Walt Hays, in Alaska told us how youth raised money to