Water For Life International
by Tim Rasmussen
Water For Life has a new PET. Not the kind you take home to your family, but the kind you give away to someone who needs it. It does not require food, water, or a warm place to stay; and requires very little maintenance. PET stands for Personal Energy Transportation. This is a device which carries folks who have no legs, or no use of their legs. They are free to those who need them, if they can get them. This is where Water For Life comes in. We will help those folks get a PET. Let me tell you about a PET.
Several years ago while in Poptun, I watched as a woman made her way down the street. She moved by holding herself off the ground with her hands and swinging her torso between her two arms, then repeating. Her legs were underneath her, but she wore something which kept them folded because they were quite useless. Her hands were in the filth of the street. I watched her as she lifted herself up onto the first step of the collective bus and made her way toward a seat. She was not able to lift herself up to get onto the seat, but stayed on the floor of the bus. This was her life, in the dirt and filth. A PET will change it.
The PET is a three-wheeled, hand-powered, part wheelchair, part cart which is steered and powered by the front wheel. Volunteers in several places across the U.S. have built thousands of these machines. They are shipped to third world countries where they are distributed free to people who need them; people who live their lives in the dirt because both of their legs do not work. These devices get them out of the dirt and give them a chance to have lives of dignity and productivity. See the PET website: http://www.petinternational.org
On Friday, June 24, Gary and I were present when 142 PET machines were loaded into a container in Colbert, Washington, to begin the long container journey to Guatemala. Water For Life is assisting in the shipping, importation, and distribution of these life-changing machines. Water For Life, working with the local ministry of health officials, has located 102 people in the area who have no use of both legs, qualifying them to receive a PET machine. Water For Life is helping them get the machines
to lift them out of the dirt, thereby changing their lives.
Water For Life is in the life-changing business. We change the lives of the people who receive the gift of clean water and we change the lives of the volunteers who come and help. We want to do more. For sometime, we have thought if we had a small air rotary drill, we could do much more than is possible with our old cable tools. A recent donor gave us a donation to get this idea off the ground, and we are hoping to find someone who will help make this possible. If you have the idea you might help us in this endeavor, please contact Gary Bartholomew at 509-466-5075 or 509-939-1941
Tim Rasmussen may be contacted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org