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Container with PET Machines

By Tim Rasmussen

The container with the PET machines inside made it through customs in record time. It took two days of work by Berny to secure the documents allowing the container to be loaded on a truck and moved out of the port. We had sent this container to Puerto Barrios on the Caribbean side of Guatemala. This is the main port and the importation process is more organized and efficient than on the Pacific ports.

The container was taken to Poptun and unloaded at the school for handicapped children, which would serve as the distribution point. In co-ordination with the local ministry of health, the word had circulated widely and 120 people had been identified as qualified to receive one. The machines were assembled over the next two weeks and arraignments made for (more…)

Water for Life has a new PET

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 or water or a warm place to stay and very little maintenance. PET stands for Personal Energy Transportation. This is a device that 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. That 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 I was in Poptun and 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 and then repeating. Her legs were underneath her, but she wore something that 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 wheel-chair, part cart that is (more…)