While felling a tree, Mahaveer Singh injured his spine and was left paralyzed from the waist down. Surgery for his fractured spine was recommended, and his family took him to first one hospital and then another for second and third opinions.
Eventually, they brought Mahaveer to EHA's Landour Community Hospital and he was treated by Dr. George Clarence. Following surgery, Mahaveer underwent rehabilitation at Landour and was successfully discharged.
But Mahaveer still needed physical therapy and couldn't afford it. He and his wife had five children to support and they had just lost the income from their main wage earner. This health catastrophe brought not only new challenges for their family, but new roles as well.
Landour had developed a relationship with the local Woodstock School, which ran several developmental projects including one that helped to cover the medical and rehabilitation costs for people like Mahaveer. He was thankful for the opportunity to continue his therapy and care, and the school's students were able to learn about rehabilitation following spine surgery and the social and economic challenges faced by patients like Mahaveer.
This partnership became a blessing to not only Mahaveer and his family, but also the students as it broadened their awareness of various aspects of health care in their region.
One Woman's Story...
Careful Treatment Brings Joy
When Meena came to Landour Community Hospital, she was depressed. Over the previous two years, she had seen six or seven doctors who had performed 18 D&Cs (clearing of the uterus' lining following a miscarriage). The gynecologist at Landour knew this was unheard of as she listened to Meena's story.
Each time one of these doctors had examined Meena, they told her that her uterus still held the remains of her pregnancy which had not been cleared away by the previous D&C, so she needed another one. When Dr. Jacob examined her, she felt that she should look beyond the usual issues, so she ordered several unusual tests. Meena had to convince her family that these tests were needed and worth the expense and difficulty. The family wanted Meena to go to the government hospital for further treatment because it would be cheaper, but Meena stood her ground, explaining that her time with the hospital chaplain was helping to bring back her lost confidence in herself.
When the doctor got the results back, she found out the cause of Meena's difficulties -- she had a cancerous growth in her uterus. The Landour staff continued to treat Meena's cancer for almost a year, and they had to explain to her that she would be unlikely to be able to become pregnant again. This was hard news for Meena to bear at only 21. The staff prayed with Meena as she continued to spend time at the hospital even after her treatment was done. They told her that God can do impossible things.
He answered her prayers and she delivered a healthy baby boy nine months later. Meena is just one of the many examples of God working in and through EHA staff, showing how He blesses His people with abundance.
Near EHA's Landour Community Hospital lies a slum called Tehri Bus. Many of the people who live there are "rag pickers" -- people who sort through garbage heaps looking for recyclables like cloth, paper, glass, metal, and plastic that they can sell for cash in order to survive.
Landour Hospital in the Comunity...
Literacy Brought to Slum Families
Ravina and her husband and children worked hard at rag picking, but they couldn't make enough money to be able to send the children to school. Then Ravina heard about a literacy course offered in the slum, and she enrolled herself. Landour's Community Health and Development Team had started this literacy center, and through their efforts, many poor people have gained reading skills, so basic to success in life.
After Ravinia completed the course, she was able to start a small shop, selling peanuts and other items. As she began to earn money, she added products like vegetables to her offerings. Ravina is proud of the success of her shop and of her ability to operate it on her own. She and her husband are thrilled to be able to send their children to school to give them a better start in life.
After Orthopedic Surgery...
Standing Straight and Tall
By age 24, she had been bedridden half of her life. Nishi was weary of being a burden to her parents. Her legs were drastically knock-kneed, and she could neither stand nor walk. A visiting orthopedic surgeon at EHA's Landour Community Hospital evaluated her condition and determined that she was a good candidate for surgery.
Two 15-hour surgeries were performed, and her legs were straightened with bone grafting and plating. Today Nishi is thrilled to be able to stand straight and tall. She can walk freely on her own two legs
and is no longer a burden to her parents.
This kind of life change happens every day at EHA hospitals all over North India. All too often, childhood deformities are not dealt with due to ignorance or lack of finances, and these children grow up into handicapped adults who are not self-sufficient. EHA staff are thrilled to make a
difference in each life, bringing health and hope for the future.
Through Landour Comunity Hospital's CHDP...
From Alcohol to Agriculture
Twenty-seven miles from EHA's Landour Community Hospital lies a 200-year-old remote village populated by just 22 families. Back in the 60s there were 80 families living there, but in the 70s dysentery hit, killing 100 people. Others moved away in search of a better life. The remaining villagers turned to alcohol production as a way to make a living.
Of the 22 families remaining today, 12 are headed by widows. The death rate of young men is high due to alcohol consumption and the despair of not being able to feed their children even one decent meal a day.
Disaster hit in June 2013 when a huge cloud burst let loose a massive flood, destroying most of the homes. The people lost their will to survive. It was at this point that the Community Health and Development Project of Landour stepped in to help. They brought in relief supplies, and a number of other organizations stepped up to support them as well. Eight temporary shelters were built, winter clothes and shoes were provided, and goats and oxen were donated.
When the Landour CHD team met with the villagers, they encouraged them to give up producing alcohol and start farming. While this was a huge transition for them, the villagers successfully gave up the temptation to drink and began plowing land that had laid barren for three decades.
Through several projects, the villagers were trained in livestock management and modern agricultural methods, including the creation of 100 contour trenches and 300 soak pits for directing and retaining rainwater to irrigate their crops. In their first year, the village earned almost $800 by cultivating cash crops, which brought significant improvements to their lives.
This practical lifestyle and income-production training can make all the difference for the families of villages like Kakru. Your generous gifts allow EHA teams to go out into communities like these and help bring transformation.
At Landour Comunity Hospital...
Flood Relief Brings Hope
The wall of water hit at four in the morning, bringing chaos and destruction in its wake. The village of 700 nestled in a mountain valley in Uttarkhand was thrown into utter confusion. People ran screaming with their families, trying to reach safety. Thirty-year-old Sajjan Singh Panwar struggled to get his three disabled family members out of harm's way. His father is missing an arm, his brother is deaf and dumb, and his sister-in-law is unable to walk.
The flood conditions continued for three days, washing away their home, their potato crop, and all of their belongings. The village was a disaster with homes leveled, livestock drowned, roads washed away, and the land covered with large rocks and rubble.
Hope came in the form of EHA's Community Health and Development team from Landour Community Hospital. Arriving just two days after the flooding began, they brought hygiene kits, sanitary kits, tarps, quilts, soap, clothing, candles, and food. Meeting these immediate needs was considered a godsend by the villagers.
Sajjan's family received further help from EHA. His brother and father were given goats as a source of income. And Sajjan, a tailor, was gifted with a sewing machine and material since his tailoring shop was completely washed away in the flood. He is now teaching tailoring to five village girls.
The village itself is one of the beneficiaries in the cash-for-work program, which will help them reclaim and reconstruct their agricultural area and gain back what they lost.
Sajjan is now an active volunteer whenever EHA's team comes to distribute more items. He is also helping to construct temporary shelters and is looking forward to the development of his village into a stronger and more sustainable community.
Let the Little Children Come to Me...
Sunday School Begun at Landour
Jesus always welcomed the little children. At Landour Community Hospital, chaplain Balram Arya has opened a Sunday School, welcoming both children from the nearby slums as well as staff members' children.The number of neighborhood children who attend has grown to 45. Their time is spent learning praise choruses, memorizing verses, hearing stories, and praying. As an added blessing, the neighborhood children received winter jackets as Christmas presents. Pray that God draws these little ones to Him through this wonderful ministry.
Several Patients Receive
Miraculous Healing From the Lord
Your faithful gifts to EHA allow hospital staff to share the life-giving message of God with patients and their families. Sometimes He works miracles. Twenty-seven-year-old Jander was suffering from liver cancer, and the doctors explained to him that the prognosis was not good. The staff at Landour Community Hospital began praying for him, and Pastor Balram shared about God with him. He was invited to go to the nearby church. A few months later, he returned to the hospital, completely healed and strong in the faith.
In another story of God's power, the mother of one of the hospital's ward aides, Ms. Poonam, was suffering from a bone disease, and her father was a chronic alcoholic. They were staunch Hindus and wanted nothing to do with God. Then Ms. Poonam became a believer, and slowly her family members began understanding God as well. As they started believing, miracles began to happen in their family. Her mother was healed, her father stopped consuming alcohol, and her sister recovered from a skin ailment. Now they all are continuing to grow in their faith.
About Landour Community Hospital
In 1938, Landour Community Hospital opened its doors to the deprived village communities living in the mountains of Mussoorie, Dehradun District. These hill people are very poor and live at a subsistence level with both a high infant mortality rate and a high maternal mortality rate. Many suffer from malnutrition and tuberculosis. To address these issues, Landour Community has opened a TB treatment center and also has offered instruction in nutrition, hygiene, heath issues, and baby care.
Today, Landour is a 35-bed hospital with a staff of 70, offering services in the areas of general medicine, surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, physiotherapy, and dentistry. Their newest service offerings include dermatology, ophthalmology, and an asthma clinic. They offer free medical camps to hundreds of patients. Over sixty Village Health and Sanitation Committees have been formed by Landour to serve nearby villages.
The spiritual emphasis is evident at Landour Community through daily morning devotions and ward prayers, weekly youth fellowship, and an annual spiritual retreat. The chaplain recently started a Sunday school for the staff children as well as children from the nearby slums. They learn praise choruses, memorize verses, and hear stories.
The Bhawan Community Health Development Project trains volunteers in how to handle cases of scabies, measles, diarrhea, and pneumonia. They also have awareness programs about HIV/AIDS, TB, and jaundice, teaching villagers how to prevent these diseases. Nutrition education is stressed for mothers and children. The staff are trained in many areas, including disability inclusion, first aid, injury prevention, and eye health. Caring for premature babies and dealing with swine flu are also stressed. School health programs are conducted in the villages to raise health awareness among children. Landour Community Hospital helps this project to conduct 19 peripheral clinics in the villages to help improve villagers’ health.
In serving the poorest of the poor in mountain villages, Landour Community Hospital shows the love of God to those most in need.