“Ali Appaev is 56 years old. He lives in the village Tup of Issyk-Kul Region. Ali worked on a collective farm for 20 years as machine operator, the head of a brigade. He was a very busy man. People treat him with respect because he was a great specialist, a good man and responsible family man. His family were forced to emigrate (repressed) from the Caucasus. It was a large family. He had 13 brothers and sisters. He was trained to work hard since childhood and helped his parents a great deal.
“Ali was the sole breadwinner for his family. His wife is a housewife and they have daughter (16 years old) and son (14 years old).
“Ali has had rheumatoid arthritis for more than 15 years. As his condition worsened, he had to quit his job and receive disability. It became difficult for him to walk. He is often bedridden when his condition worsens. His wife takes care of him and the children keep house. They live on Ali’s small pension of 3871 soms (about 79 USD) and sometimes their relatives help them.
“For such a hard-working man, it is difficult to stay at home. He can move only with chair (lean on it). In 2012, Ali Appaev received a PET and now he can ride by the PET in his big yard and help his wife and children with chores. Sometimes he goes to visit relatives. Ali said that people have a look at his transportation with pleasure and ask him: “Where they can buy such transportation?”
“Ali Appaev and his family express deep thanks to the U.S. Government, Project HOPE and the American people for providing humanitarian assistance to people with limited mobility.”