By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero / José Antonio Pérez
An international agreement signed late last year between the city of Puerto Peñasco and the Tucson based organization Portable Practical Education Preparation, Inc. (PPEP) is already having a positive impact on the broader community.
Earlier in 2020, PPEP made the donation of several pieces of orthopedic equipment to the city’s Basic Rehabilitation Unit (UBR) possible. More recently, this collaboration led to the donation of 14 electric hospital beds, four of which were given to the José Dávalos “Casa Hogar” home for the elderly, four to the UBR, another four to the local Red Cross, and two to individual persons in need. An upcoming donation of three medical beds is expected to go to the Puerto Peñasco Fire Department and Civil Protection.
Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro stated, “The goal is to continue supporting the most vulnerable families that have some type of disability or health problem; we want to continue encouraging measures with high human impact and social purpose in order to improve the overall quality of life.”
PPEP, Inc., founded by Dr. John David Arnold in 1967, has pursued its initial mission of “improving the quality of rural life” over five decades by expanding its humanitarian reach locally and internationally through integrated care, employee training and vocational education, microbusiness and housing development, clean water, and organic farming, among many other endeavors.