Dumani Dlamini makes certain his PET chain is greased regularly, and he’s off. Mud from Swaziland’s rural dirt roads might cake the wheels, but that doesn’t stop his progress. Note his crutches in the back of the cart.
Dumsani Dlamini came to a Luke Commission mobile hospital outreach to see the doctor and hopefully to receive some medications for his aches and pains.
He came “driving” his PET cart, though the road was especially muddy that day. “As long as the chain in greased, I move,” he laughed.
The 40-year-old Swazi has not been able to walk since birth. Last year when TLC came to his community, he was given a PET so he could be a little more independent and move around on his own.
He did not go to school. He is not married. Twin sisters care for him, but one is not well herself. One has a baby.
Dumsani travels 3 kilometers a day in his PET cart.
Dear Mr. Driggs,
I wanted to write to you in order to personally thank you for the donations of PET Carts to Brother’s Brother Foundation. Many of our partners have expressed interest in receiving the donations and we are just now getting feedback regarding some of the donated carts. The feedback included in this message is from Fr. Kastory Kisuda, who runs
the medical programs for the Catholic Archdiocese of Arusha, Tanzania. Fr. Kisuda has expressed thanks and appreciation for the PET Carts.
He says in one of his feedback reports:
[Items have been donated to recipients outside of the] Archdiocese of
Arusha, other Dioceses came for the donation. In Singida Diocese which
in central part of Tanzania, got this donations for the following
places: Continue reading
Rolando was so excited to receive his Pet Cart on Oct 17, 2014 from Wheels of Hope Lake Pointe Church. He plans on selling candy in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Our mechanics did a great job retro fitting the new cushioned PET cart seat onto the cart. Rolando had limited active hip and knee flexion and his balance was impaired so we had to move the seat back and cut some wood off of the right front of the cart in order to allow him to step up safely and independently. We also decided to keep the seat uprights to give him something to hold onto as he transferred onto it. The modifications worked out great for him and he was very pleased.
Pam Ragsdill, PT
“Mizzou Homecoming Parade was a great exposure for Columbia PETs. Fans along the route clapped in response and exclaimed they heard of PETs and saw one today for the first time. Rotaract Chapter provided 7 walkers. 24 total handed out brochures.”
PETS built since 1-1-14 – 1171
A “Must-read” for all PET folks: Ships of Mercy by Don Stephens, Nelson Books, 2005.
PET MO-Columbia sent the first PETs to Sierra Leone in 2004, establishing a partnership with one of the world’s most amazing NGOs. (See attached early story of PET & Mercy Ships.)
PET carts help disabled in rural areas
By Emily Wilkins
For five years, volunteers in Bryan built nearly 1,700 carts for handicapped people in third-world countries where terrain isn’t forgiving to wheelchairs. But many of the volunteers had never met the cart’s recipients until Friday. Continue reading
Local Club Gives Mobility to Thousands Globally
By Kessler McLaughlin, October 24, 2014
BRYAN – Life can be a little tougher if you have a disability that keeps you from moving around, but there’s a global effort to equip people with disabilities so they can be more mobile. Continue reading