Pedro and his family

Pedro and his family

Pedro is a triple amputee who was electrocuted in a workplace accident four years ago at the age of 20. He lost both legs and one arm.

Pedro and his wife Angelica have a son, Jesus, aged 4. They live in a rented two-room apartment that is not accessible for Pedro. Angelica must carry him to the bathroom and to the bedroom. She told me in a practical voice that “…he doesn’t weigh very much.”

When I met Pedro in April 2014, I encountered a young man determined to make a life for himself and his family despite his terrible injuries. He told me that while he was in the hospital after the accident he knew he should probably have died. But he didn’t die, so he realized that God has a purpose for him. Without any government help to adapt his abilities or support his family he drives himself to work at his ‘corner’ in Old Town selling candies from his wheelchair, meeting his customers with an inspiring smile and a readiness for conversation.

Compassionet Impact Development Canada will build Pedro and his family an accessible home on land to be paid for by a U.S. donor. The home will cost about $12,000. Owning a safe, accessible home will mean Pedro is no longer paying his 1,000 pesos/month rent, he will have more independence in his own home and relieve a lot of stress for Angelica.