Maker of the PET Mobility Cart since 1994.
Will you give a cart today for a child in need of mobility and education?
Give the Gift of Mobility, Dignity, and Opportunity!
“Of all the world’s children deprived of an education, two fifths are disabled.” That is a quote from “The Guardian,” March 2014. Around the world some 57,000,000 children of school age are not in school. That means that some 22 million children are not in school because of their disabilities. Children in poverty are much more apt to have disabilities than children living in developing countries.
10 years ago a young woman from Alaska, Jolie Glaser, went to Zambia as a summer intern with FORGE. They work in refugee camps in Africa. She sent us over 30 photos of mostly school age children, all with shrunken and crooked legs. A doctor sent along a note saying he thought that the problem was that the mothers were pregnant, all at the same time, during a time of very severe drought and starvation. The food they could eat did not build strong bodies. We arranged for them to receive Mobility Carts. Two photos are on the wall of our office. Here is Ajabu who was 8 years old at the time. Thanks to you; he received a cart.
I went on the web to “Children with disabilities”, and ran up about 60 photos of children with disabilities, many with leg handicaps. The story in “The Guardian” was about a blind child. Children in developing countries have a strong and urgent desire for an education, as they sense that it is their only way out of poverty. It was 1998, Papupi was 17 and from a remote village in Malawi. He took parts of 3 old bicycles and a flywheel to make his mobile device. He had no welder, so he hammered the end pieces together precisely like interlocking fingers. I have the photo in the files. He was another Earl Miner (Mobility Cart designer). The photo shows him on his cart, hand-cranking his way to school down a trail.
We like to get Mobility Carts to children early in their need, before their spirits and their muscles dwindle. When you provide a Mobility Cart for a child, it is usually a double gift – mobility and an education.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!” – Derek Bok, 1978
Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia