Local Donor Intervention
Mrs. Gladys Ezekiel Baily is a longtime donor from India. Here’s what she had to say:
“I am grateful to Equip Asia for giving me this opportunity to pen a few words about my association with them.
I am glad to say that Equip Asia is a very good organization. The directors and all the staff work with total dedication. Their work of recognizing and serving the persons with physical disabilities, speech and hearing impairment and HIV/AIDS is a very noble. I support this organization because I am deeply influenced by their work. The different trainings, like tailoring, embroidery, computer and also counseling, are in line with God’s word: ‘Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.‘ Therefore all the staff, administrators and the organization itself are all very dear to me. I pray that God would bless all of them abundantly.”
Early Intervention Program:
We conducted screenings to detect disability at an early stage in two villages for children 0 to 5 years old. A total of 791 children were screened, out of which 94 were identified to be undernourished.
This program was followed by a week-long training to teach new cooking, feeding, hygiene and caring practices to young mothers. After a week of being fed additional high-calorie foods, children became more energetic and visible changes in their weight not only resulted in improved caregiver confidence but also enhanced child growth and development.
Income Generation Training on making detergent powder and dishwashing powder was organized in a village for 22 women and one man.
In another village, training on cattle rearing was given to 14 men and two women. These initiatives are becoming tools to empower the community with disabilities and/or their caregivers to earn an income.
Ramp Construction: 37-year-old Basappa received a wheelchair from Equip Asia, and we were able to follow up by building a ramp to his house to enable him to move around independently.
Educational Assistance: 28 students with disabilities and/or HIV/AIDS received educational assistance in the form of fees, textbooks, notebooks and school bags.
Physical Medicine Rehabilitation: 19 people with disabilities received mobility aids, five were assisted financially to buy medicine for chronic ailments, and two children with speech and hearing impairments also received financial assistance to undergo speech therapy sessions.
Handicraft and Computer Training: 10 young women with disabilities completed their 8-month training in handicrafts and tailoring. All 10 received sewing machines they can use for self-employment.
20 students with disabilities also completed their basic and advanced computer training. All the students received a government-recognized certificate that will go a long way towards getting them jobs.
Hubballi International School (HIS): We inaugurated our inclusive school initiated on June 5, 2017. 23 children enrolled for preschool and kindergarten! The children love to come to school as they get plenty of opportunities to learn from play.
There’s so much more of this story to tell … so check back with us next month to get the whole thing!