Guatemala: The Culture that Crawls

Twenty million people worldwide are completely immobile; they are forced day after day to crawl on their hands and knees as that is their only way to get around. In poor countries, wheelchairs don't work because they cannot navigate through jungles or rocky roads. In other cases, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters carry family members who cannot get around on their own.

In 1995, an organization called the P.E.T. project or Personal Energy Transportation, formed out of a one-stall garage in Mid-Missouri hoping to give new life to these people in need. Today, nearly 15 years later, their work is making a difference worldwide. PETs have been distributed to more than 80 countries, and distributors are now located throughout the United States. Still, the need is great, and their message has not been heard on a national level.

This documentary series explores the plight of the immobile in Guatemala, which is home to a population so large and hidden that it is extremely difficult to even count them. Some have never even left the front steps of their own home. Today, thousands of people worldwide are working to help these disabled individuals find their voice.

To learn more, visit The Culture that Crawls

Alex Rozier was one of five winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Center YouTube Project Report contest.

Starving and Immobile: They Crawl

At six years old, Jessica weighs just sixteen pounds. She lives--barely--on a diet of tortillas and coffee. It's all her family can afford.

Half-Hour Special: The Culture That Crawls

On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., KOMU-TV (channel 8 in Missouri) aired a half-hour documentary special on The Culture That Crawls, featuring YouTube Project Report Winner Alex Rozier's latest work in Guatemala.

Broken by Disability

On Monday, December 6 at 10 p.m., KOMU-TV (Channel 8 in Missouri) aired Alex Rozier's piece on the disabled in Guatemala and how a P.E.T (personal energy transportation device) can change someone's life forever.