MH4H: days giving mobility in Haiti

MH4H team after arrival in Haiti

A team of 15 from Many Hands for Haiti is distributing PET carts in Haiti this week. Below are excerpts from their daily reports:

From PET Team – Working Together:

A full day for the PET Team as they begin not only handing out Personal Energy Transport (P.E.T.) devices, but visiting families and helping where they can. By Barb Kopaska.

The day started with a full crescent rainbow – what a reminder of God’s promise!  Our group worked together amazingly well going in many different directions. We assembled and gave out our first P.E.T. today to a 21 year old young man who had been disabled since age 4.  He came to us on crutches and left with a P.E.T.

First P.E.T. assembly of the week

In the same area we gave a PET to an older gentleman who had a stroke. He had a harder time taking off but we are sure he will catch on. Then we went down the road and stopped to a home of a family where the grandma needed a PET. She had a fever for 2 years and as a result couldn’t walk.

Pete helping Jocelyn master his P.E.T.

 

Jocelyn Daniel with the people from his neighborhood

After another delicious meal, we shared our personal highlights of our day. One highlight for the men was God providing just the right local Haitian men who learned how to assemble the P.E.T.’s. They will continue to assemble and distribute them after we leave.  One highlight for the women was loving on the kids at Thrive.

Tomorrow we plan to go to the market to purchase goats and chickens for families, and more P.E.T.’s will be delivered in the afternoon.

From PET Team – Smiling in the Son:

Day 3 of the PET team brings sunshine and smiles, while they bless individuals with disabilities with mobility, and children with clothes.

Sunshine greeted us again this morning. The same sun that greets all God’s children all over the world. SON shine went with us today beginning with the animal market where we bought some goats to give to families. Then we walked through the rest of the market which is a great lesson in the Haitian culture and how the people live day to day eeking out a meager living and sometimes having to resort to eating mud cookies to survive. Riding on the back of the 4 wheeler with 8 goats was indeed a first time experience for me. I was blessed to stand at the head side of the goats rather than the rear.

After lunch today we took off in the SON shine for a bumpy ride to La Victoria to deliver PETs. The first man had a very used PET which was about to fall apart and received a shiny new one. He had been disabled since he was 4 and had truly worn out his first PET. He had the biggest smile and took off down the street.

Smiling with new PET that replaced his worn out PET

In the same area we gave a PET to an older gentleman who had a stroke. He had a harder time taking off but we are sure he will catch on. Then we went down the road and stopped to a home of a family where the grandma needed a PET. She had a fever for 2 years and as a result couldn’t walk.

Fever victim on her new PET

From PET Team – Hands and Feet:

Harold and Twyla Van Wyk share the team’s full day giving out P.E.T.’s to those who need them

If Marci and Henry read this, spoiler alert! We inadvertently gave Maximo a new P.E.T. cart. He was at church and we had the privilege to give him a new one. His smile was from ear to ear. The team loaded P.E.T. carts, diapers, girl dresses, toy cars, food, and 15 people in 2 trucks. The roads can’t be described. The ruts were deep and often. We crossed a river twice, the water covered the front bumper and it’s the dry season!

Maximo was the happy recipient of a P.E.T.

It is only the third day and two Haitian men have been trained to assemble the P.E.T. carts and deliver them to the recipients. They will be in charge of doing this after our team leaves and assist future teams. The team delivered a P.E.T. cart to a 57 year old gentleman. He has been disabled for 7 years. We gave out many diapers, dresses, and toy cars to neighborhood children. They were very thrilled, the look on their faces was priceless.

P.E.T.’s give independence to people who have not been mobile for years

We gave a new P.E.T. cart to a girl named Duevelin who got her first cart 4 years ago. She was very excited about her new P.E.T. cart and a new dress. The guys fixed two other P.E.T. carts.

Duevelin with her new P.E.T.

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