Disability day was observed by one local mainline church as “Equip Asia Sunday” on October 15. A special time during the Sunday service was given to Equip Asia to present the work and the need for Church response. It was a time of sharing the Great Commission, the Church’s response to taking the gospel to the unreached and the vision of Equip Asia among the people with disabilities and their communities. Two staff members (both with disabilities), previously served by Equip Asia, shared their testimonies on how Equip Asia’s intervention transformed their lives. The church took a special offering to support the Equip Asia ministry and a few individuals pledged to become regular donors.
Two new house churches were established in two different villages led by the youth leaders themselves.
A career guidance and personality development workshop was conducted at the Equip Asia Rehabilitation Centre on October 11. Thirty-eight youth with disabilities participated in this day-long workshop. Different sessions on goal setting, visions for the future, and personality development were conducted by our specially invited experts. Equip Asia alumni were invited to share their testimonies and challenged the youth to take up various career options available to them. The youth also enjoyed the games and the fun time and left the Centre with lots of conviction and encouragement.
Computer and Conversational English Graduation: seven boys and three girls graduated after successfully completing their four-month Computer and Conversational English course. “I can see amazing changes in my son’s life. He has become responsible, and by staying at the Equip Asia Centre, he has gotten a new zeal to study further and to become independent. I will be thankful to Equip Asia for bringing huge changes in his life,” says the mother of one of our graduates.
Wheelchair distribution at Christian Mission Hospital: A one-day camp was organized by a Christian Mission Hospital in partnership with the Equip Asia Rehabilitation Centre. Nineteen persons with disability received thirteen customized wheelchairs and crutches. Prakash, our Equip Asia staff member, assisted in customization and also counselled the clients and parents for the first time during the wheelchair distribution. He says, “It was a time of joy and fulfilment for me as I saw children joyfully sitting on their wheel chairs with a beaming smile on their faces. It is a new found mobile vehicle for these children.” 18-year-old Megha’s mother was in tears of joy as she saw her daughter on a wheelchair for the first time. She said, “All these years I carried her on my back, which was very tiring, but now it is easy for me to take her to different places.”
Two new Sustainable Livelihood Groups (SLG) were established in two different villages in the month of October.
Position Opened For: We are looking for ESL and Preschool teachers, OTs , PTs, and Handicrafts volunteers.