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To truly understand the mobility problem in some undeveloped countries, you need to see the rugged terrain in 360 degrees. Steep hills, tall grass and sharp rocks do not allow people with disabilities to navigate in a regular wheelchair. There are few sidewalks or curb cuts. People use homemade skateboards, rely on others to push them in wheelbarrows and sadly in many situations, they crawl.
A portion of the story will be told from the perspective of someone who is living on the ground. Spherical video creates a unique sense of empathy. The hope is that if more people understand the problem, more people will contribute to solutions. One of the potential solutions is a PET. PET stands for Personal Energy Transportation. The non-profit started in the early 90's after a missionary almost stepped on a woman who was crawling through the Congo. She was carrying a baby on her back and had no other way to get through the bush. Upon hearing that story, Mel West started making the hand cranked mobility devices called PETs in his one-car garage in Columbia, MO. The PET project is now worldwide. It's given away more than 50, 000 all-terrain wheelchairs in more than 100 countries to victims of landmines, war, crocodile bites, agent orange and more.
You have the power to raise awareness on your own social media platforms. Let's #storyupzambia. Take the time later this year to watch the stories online and imagine what it might be like if you had to live in the dirt. These people deserve to be heard. Together, we can give them a voice.