Mercy in Motion in Vietnam
"We don't see that in the United States. It's incredible. These people have carried them. They've never had wheelchairs and they've had 20 or 30 years of this," PET volunteer Vee Fasciotti said.
Win Yan is a nine year old Vietnamese boy. He can't walk and has never had a wheelchair. He has also never attended school.
"Many times the children become too large or heavy for a parent or a caregiver to carry them around so they're left at home. They'd be on the streets begging," volunteer Lynn Ross said.
In Vietnam, children sell lottery tickets on the street to help feed the family. The minimum wage for a government worker in Da Nang is just $28 a month. A single wheelchair can cost more than a year's salary. Even if a family could afford a wheelchair, its wheels are often too thin to navigate bumpy jungle roads.
"What we're finding is that virtually none of the mobility providers throughout the world are targeting the most desperate of all people, those in the rural areas. Wheelchairs are certainly needed in many numbers in the suburban, urban setting but our mission just happens to be a targeted mission to reach the least of these with no other source of mobility," PET volunteer Steve Baima said.
Mid-Missouri volunteers are lifting thousands of people off the ground thanks to a hand cranked cart made back in Columbia. It's called PET, or personal energy transportation. Anyone with good upper body strength can power the cart by turning the handles. It doesn't require any gas or batteries.
The Columbia based PET Project teamed up with Hope Haven International to distribute PETs to people who have good upper body strength and traditional wheelchairs to those who do not. For the first time in three decades, the mother who'd carried her son was able to let him go and Win Yan might be able to go to school.
PETs are now being used in 60 countries.
How You Can Help the Columbia PET Project
Tennis Balls (even the old ones that have lost their bounce are a thrill for a child whos never had a ball)
Wire Coat Hangers (Wire is at a premium in poor countries)
Good condition used clothes and shoes
Good condition toys
The above items are used as packing materials for the PETs .
Find People with welding, metalworking, or woodworking skills who will agree to help build PET parts. Help them with expenses--buy the metal, etc. Help them ship it to The PET Place in Columbia, Missouri USA.
Find Businesses that sell or make "off the shelf" items needed for the PETs. Get them to donate or sell to you at no profit. Send the items to the PET Place.
Talk about the PET Project. Promote. Gossip about it. Say to folks in conversation, "Our church is doing a fascinating mission project..." Tell the story.
Order a Vacation Bible School Kit.
To donate by mail, please print out our donation form and send it along with your donation to:
PET MO - Columbia
1914 Heriford Road
Columbia, MO 65202 USA
Gifts from the Heart
Honor your loved ones while helping to provide another person with mobility. Two gifts in one, a Gift from the Heart celebrates a special occasion, in honor of, or in memory of while supporting the work of The PET Project. A note will be sent to the person being honored, and all Gifts from the Heart will be listed in our next semi-annual newsletter. This gift information can be filled out on our donation form.
As you consider estate planning, consider making the PET Project a part of those plans. The need for the GIFT OF MOBILITY is an ongoing need with millions around the world awaiting it.
The PET Project's Promise to Donors and Volunteers
We promise to keep you regularly informed as to how the PET Project is investing your donations of money, time, energy and skills to make a difference around the world.
We promise to seek out God's "least of these" persons and direct your resources to changing their lives.
We promise to serve the needs of people as a Christian ministry, but without regards to race, religion, sexual preference or other such factors. We promise to be true to our mission, that of providing THE GIFT OF MOBILITY to those most in need.
We promise to be truthful and frank in our fundraising efforts, and not to create a monthly crisis, or otherwise unduly make emotional pleas for your support. We do rely upon your gifts. It is the simple fact that the more you give the more people The PET Project can help.
We promise financial fidelity. We will work efficiently, making the most of every dollar or other gifts that you provide. Using the gifts of volunteers and networking with cooperating agencies, we will make every effort to get the most possible mission out of every gift you give. Strict accounting and an annual audit will be standard procedure.
We promise to never sell or share our donor list. All your information will be strictly confidential.