Experiencing India
Enabling the Disabled

EHA USA executive director Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel to India and visit several EHA locations last summer. This month he continues his series of articles, sharing his first-hand impressions of EHA's work and life in India.

Quietly I slipped into the back of the room because the session had already started. I was visiting the Anugrah Project, headquartered at Herbertpur Christian Hospital in rural North India. On a low platform at the front, an energetic EHA staffer was going over basic courtesies in life with a group of developmentally disabled children and young adults. She was using a colorful flip chart and the group of 15 or so were learning how to say "Hello and Goodbye, Please and Thank you" -- that sort of thing.
"Anugrah" means "grace," and we've featured the project for you before. What a joy it was to see up close the loving care being extended to these young people who would otherwise be complete social outcasts. Among the poor, especially in light of a Hindu worldview, those who suffer from any sort of disability in India have little hope of care, concern, or education. EHA is working hard to change that. Believing that every person has value and worth in God's eyes, those who work with the disabled seek to love them as God would, helping them to learn basic skills which will allow them to function in society and perhaps even find simple employment. 
Housed in a two-story facility at Herbertpur, Anugrah is expanding little by little. In addition to the services offered on the grounds, staffers have fanned out more widely into the surrounding district to identify additional individuals who could benefit from the program. The government-run schools in the area are in theory responsible to serve all children, even those with disabilities. Unfortunately, overflowing class sizes, lack of facilities, and inadequate training means most of these students get neglected, left at home, and are basically forgotten. The Anugrah staff provide parents and extended family members with training and guidance at the village level, allowing these who are among the most overlooked a chance to live more fulfilling lives. 
More broadly, EHA is leading efforts designed to proactively meet the needs of those who are disabled in India through training, seminars, and conferences. Last year our staff cooperatively sponsored "Engage Disability," a national convention designed to bring together many who share concerns for the disabled in India. If you would like to learn more about the Anugrah Project, please feel free to contact us and I'll put you in touch with the dynamic and caring team in India who is making it happen. They like nothing better than to know that others are with them. Their worthwhile efforts need your prayers, your encouragement, and your financial support.  If you'd like to contribute to their needs, note the gift is for the "Disability Ministry" fund if you send a check, or select that option when you give online and jot us a note in the proper field as you fill out the form.

Experiencing EHA Connections First-Hand
A Mini-Education on EHA

EHA USA representative Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel in the US in October with EHA Executive Director Dr. Sunil Gokavi. This month he continues his series of articles, sharing some facts about EHA and what we do.

As I travel around talking with people about the great work the Emmanuel Hospital Association is doing, I find that there is sometimes misunderstanding about how the whole organization "works." Let me explain a few facts about EHA and what we do. These are not in any special order but are sort of offered as a mini-education on how we do what we do. 
Fact 1 - Almost every person working with EHA is from India.
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Experiencing India First-Hand
Off to the Village

EHA USA Executive Director Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel to India and visit several EHA locations last summer. This month he continues his series of articles, sharing his first-hand impressions of EHA's work and life in India.

I huffed and puffed my way up the mountain path toward one of the villages that EHA’s Community Health and Development team from Landour Christian Hospital was working with near the far north Indian city of Mussoorie. This is rugged, beautiful country on the edge of the Himalayas that in many ways must be experienced to be believed. The real giants of this famous mountain region, K2, Everest and the like, are still further north. Here in North India one stands on the southern edge of the region, but the terrain is still impressive. 
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Experiencing India First-Hand
Giving Care and Compassion

EHA USA Executive Director Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel to India and visit several EHA locations in July. In the coming months, in a series of articles, he will share his first-hand impressions of EHA's work.
As my eyes drift across the green fields of crops that line the country road, I almost feel I could be in rural Iowa. Instead, I am in Maharashtra, a state in west central India, about two hours from the Arabian Sea.
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Getting to Know EHA

Check out EHA's new presentation! Click here to learn all about EHA's facilities, services, programs, patients, and results.

You will also have a better understanding of life in India and the challenges EHA faces after viewing this presentation

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When we speak with those serving with EHA in India and ask them what we can best do to further their work, their answer is invariably -- pray for us. In light of this, we have developed a new monthly prayer enewsletter with up-to-date prayer requests from all over EHA. If you would like to receive these prayer requests, click the link to sign up.

Emmanuel Hospital Association

One of the critical issues in the world today is meeting the growing need for quality medical care among the poor. The Emmanuel Hospital Association of India helps to address this need.

Launched out of a group of western-run mission hospitals in the late 1960s, today EHA is the largest private healthcare network in India . Through a system of 21 hospitals and more than 30 community health and development projects, located in underserved areas of rural North India, EHA helps to bring health and medical care to more than 600,000 Indians per year, the vast majority from among the poorest classes of society.

Many of those served have no access to such medical care other than through  EHA facilities. In a country where 1 in 4 families live below the poverty line, the needs are tremendous. In fact, they are beyond description.

Will you get involved?
This website serves the single purpose of promoting the needs of medical ministry in India and challenging those with a burden to get involved.

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EHA has a critical need for short-term assistance to support the work of Indian physicians. At times the case load exceeds the capacity of their surgeons.  More often, vacations must be curtailed because when the surgeon is away services must be cut back. New Family Practice Residency programs need experienced FP instructors. If you are interested in finding out about short term (two weeks to four weeks) or longer term ministry opportunities in India , please contact the EHA office.  

Opportunities exist for nurses with BSN/MSN and teaching experience to assist in EHA's nurses' training programs. These openings for service would last from one month to one year, or more. Certain challenges exist due to language barriers but trained professionals willing to serve should contact EHA. 

EHA in the United States is a grass
-roots effort with no paid staff. We are in need of volunteers who catch a passion for the ministry and are willing to represent us in local churches in their area. Materials such as brochures and Power Point presentations are available to assist your efforts. If supporting EHA in this way is attractive to you, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more.

Ongoing support needs in a wide variety of areas exist. 
Ninety cents of every dollar raised in the United States goes to help the Indian hospitals serve more patients, many of whom would never have access to medical care in other ways. For detailed information on projects and locations, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are also happy to supply copies of audited financial statements for your review.

Our goal for the work in India is simple: build awareness, prayer and financial support for EHA, enabling their staff to more effectively address the health-related needs of Indian villagers, and in that process, earn the opportunity to share the good news of eternal healing.


October 14-31

EHA Executive Director Visits US
Dr. Sunil Gokavi, EHA's Executive Director, spent two weeks traveling in various Eastern and Midwestern states, meeting with EHA supporters and friends. He held sessions in churches, organizations, and private homes in the cities of Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Cleveland, several Chicago suburbs, Peoria, and Milwaukee. Dr. Gokavi also had the opportunity to be interviewed on three Chicago radio stations to spread the word about EHA and all they do. We are excited that Dr. Gokavi could travel to the US and share his heart for the life-transforming work of EHA and his years of medical mission experience on the front lines.

October 19, 2016

EHA Doctors Honored
Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel and his wife, Ann, have been chosen to receive the Paul Harrison Award for 2016 by the Christian Medical College in Vellore. This award is given to alumni of CMC "for a lifetime of selfless, steadfast, and significant service in needy areas, in mission service, or in disadvantaged and under-recognized circumstances." This award is also a reflection of the excellent work done at EHA's Makunda Christian Hospital.

August 1, 2016

EHA USA President Honored
Congratulations to EHA USA President Dr. Howard Searle, who was recently honored with the 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Leadership Award. Dr. Searle represented EHA USA at INMED's 2016 Exploring Medical Missions Conference.
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July 8-24, 2016

EHA USA Director Travels to India
Nothing so inspires and informs as face-to-face connection for our EHA USA team members with colleagues in India. That is why the USA Executive Director will travel to India this month, from July 8 to 24. On the trip he will have the opportunity to visit several hospital locations and attend the annual conference which assembles the entire leadership team from all locations across North India.
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May 19, 2016

EHA USA President Receives Award
Congratulations to EHA USA President Dr. Howard Searle, who was honored with the 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Leadership Award!
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May 17-19, 2016

Dr. Howard Searle Attends INMED
EHA USA President Dr. Howard Searle recently represented EHA at the 2016 INMED (Institute for International Medicine) "Exploring Medical Missions Conference" (EMMC) in Kansas City. "The Evidence Behind Medical Missions" was this year's theme.

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February 24, 2016

Caring for People With EHA/AIDS
EHA has several projects that support people with HIV/AIDS. The Shalom Delhi Project is one of the oldest and largest. Today Dr. Savita Duomai, Project Director, was interviewed on WBEZ, a public radio station in Chicago. Click below to read a summary of her interview about their work
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