Families with disabilities deserve to live the lives of dignity and self-worth that Christ has intended for them.
Houses in the villages have mostly mud walls and wooden roofs to keep cool during summer and warm during winter. Sadly, these houses are bound to cave in or collapse with high intensity rainfall. The able bodied families can to seek help and get their work done easily, but the people with disabilities continue to risk their lives, often feeling helpless and accepting their karma (fate).
The Equip Asia team experienced many such incidents of families with disabilities living in an abysmal state.
One such story broke our hearts:
Somesh, the only breadwinner in his family injured his back after a fall from an ox cart. With no proper post op care, he developed a disability in both his legs. He can walk a few steps within his village, with the help of a cane.
His wife has a visual impairment but does all the chores of the house. They have two children and due to unknown reasons, the children are affected with a mental disability.
Somesh’s sister stays with them to help take care of the household work and the children, who are completely dependent on someone for all the activities of daily living.
Poverty, lack of awareness and absolutely no help from anyone around them, means that this family has been living a life of hopelessness, anger and accepting their karma.
To add to Somesh’s agony, the house that the family lives in has caved in and is almost falling apart due to intense rainfall in the area. Hope seems bleak and life is extremely rough for Somesh and his family.
With so many needs and no proper source of income, the Equip Asia team is also praying and talking to the local leaders and the village council — sensitizing them to help this family to sustain and live a secure and dignified life.
The main leader of the council has come forward to help this family with their home. We continue to pray that his assurance will turn out to be a reality!
As the local leadership promises to help them build a house, we seek assistance to help them with household things and seed money for dairy farming.
Your generous help will uplift this family from serious danger and help them live a life of independence and dignity.