For the first 15 years of his life, Kumar Nath had no means to move from one place to another. He became paralyzed from the waist down due to medical negligence when he was injected with the wrong dose of medicine. Kumar's parents tried all sorts of treatments, but each one failed. Eventually, Kumar was reduced to begging on the streets, but he had to share half of his take with whomever moved him from place to place. Meanwhile, his widowed mother struggled to provide for her seven children, one of whom is mentally disabled.
When Prem Sewa Hospital's Mainstreaming Disability Project learned of Kumar's predicament, they helped him apply for a government certificate which would provide him with a wheelchair. Kumar is thrilled with his new mobility within his village and beyond. At 16, he now has the opportunity to gain an education for the first time. Prem Sewa's project began a non-formal education program, and Kumar was quick to join. His life-long dream of learning to read and write is finally coming true, thanks to EHA's Disability Project staff. Kumar is now filled with hope for his future.
A Church Donation to EHA USA Enabled the...
Purchase of a New Microscope
They needed a new operating microscope in order to more adequately care for patients in the eye department, but there simply were no funds to purchase one. Then a large donation came in to EHA USA from a Pennsylvania church where one of EHA's former international visitors worships.
The money received was enough to purchase a $7,700 microscope with some left over to buy a mini laptop and some other eye equipment. The staff are thrilled with the new tools.
Staff ophthalmologists Dr. P. Singson and Dr. Jennifer said, "Once again we would like to thank all the donors and well wishers who donated money for the microscope. The microscope has been a blessing to the people of Utraula. The number of people we have reached out to has increased as we have been able to increase the number of operations. We need prayer support to expand the eye department so that the community at large may be reached to open their physical as well as their spiritual eyes."
After multiple miscarriages, mother gives birth...
Blessed with a Baby and New Hope
She had been married for nine years and had suffered through five miscarriages before coming to Prem Sewa Hospital.
Suman Mishra consulted with the Senior Obstetrics and Gynecologist and the staff prayed for her difficulties. She is now five months pregnant and comes in for regular checkups. During one of her exams, the staff shared about God with her and she listened carefully and showed interest.
To encourage her faith, Suman was given the Word, which she loves to read regularly. When asked what she likes most about it, she replies that in the Hindu religion, many people worship their god as a kind of showing off rather than worshiping, but in the Word, Jesus says to pray behind closed doors. If she has difficulty reading parts of it, her husband helps her, and her family is not restricting her reading at all. Suman believes in the miracles that can happen through Jesus.
Through the Ophthamology Department...
Making Blind Eyes See
70-year-old Sukur Ahmed came to Prem Sewa Hospital complaining of dim vision. When the staff inquired about his background, it was discovered that he had no one to look after him since his wife died five years ago and his only son died five years prior to that. He is extremely poor, surviving solely on handouts from the pradhan (village headman) and other villagers.
Upon examining Sukur, the ophthalmologist found that his vision in both eyes was so bad he couldn't count fingers held right before his face. The organization WHO defines blindness as the inability to count fingers at a distance of three meters, so Sukur would definitely be considered blind in both eyes. Unfortunately, the simple cataract surgery he needs costs 600 rupees ($10), which for him is out of the question. That same amount would buy just a pizza in the more wealthy city areas.
Blindness due to cataracts is not seen much in other parts of India, but it is still prevalent in North India where good health care facilities are not as common. Prem Sewa staff battle issues such as poor road conditions, lack of health care awareness, and inability to pay when they seek to help poor villagers. They strive to bring accessible, affordable eye care to all those in their area.
The Kari Project in Delhi Gives New Meaning to...
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Just across the street from the humble office of the EHA Kari Project in northeast Delhi lives a woman named Kaneez and her children.
|Kaneez, Nadeem, and his little sister
She's a young mother with two deformed, turned-in feet and who hobbles around her house. The project staff helped her two years ago when her husband died and she was left with no support. They went through government channels to get her a monthly widow's pension. They also helped her fix her front door so that it's lockable.
Now doctors have diagnosed her 10-year-old son, Nadeem, with leukemia. It is the treatable kind, but Nadeem will have to go to the hospital every third day for six months. Then he will have two more years of less intensive treatment. Since his immune system will be weakened, it is important that Nadeem live in a clean environment and eat well to protect him from infection. So Kari project manager Anthony and his wife Babli have volunteered to take Nadeem and his older brother into their home. Kari healthcare worker Kushnuda will take Nadeem every third day many miles by public transportation to the large government hospital AIIMS for his treatment. Please pray for Nadeem's recovery and for the EHA staff who are literally going the extra mile to love their neighbors as themselves.
At the Prem Sewa Community Health Project...
Woman Joins Literacy Program for Higher Education
Her family didn't want her to. Her husband discouraged her from participating. But Sahiddudin Nisha, a 32-year-old Muslim woman,
wanted to join the literacy program at Prem Sewa Community Health and Development Project.
She had completed only the 8th class (grade) and wanted more education. So after encouragement from the Project staff, she signed up as a teacher and taught Hindi, a language which she had taught herself. She went on to complete her 10th and 12th classes due to her own determination and persistence.
Sahiddudin then received an award for female literacy work, obtaining a certificate from the State Minister of Education. Now with her her whole family's support, she is working toward a B.A. Thanks to Prem Sewa's Literacy Program, her horizons are expanding. The Community Health Project staff are able to share the love of God through programs such as these, making a difference in the lives of many.
About Prem Sewa Hospital
Founded in 1966 as a small clinic with 12 beds, Prem Sewa Hospital serves the districts of Balrampur, Gonda, Bahraich, and Siddharth Nagar in north-central India. Currently housing 35 beds, Prem Sewa Hospital provides 13 percent of the available hospital beds in these districts. The medical services offered at the hospital focus on obstetrics and gynecology, community reproductive and child health, eyecare, and dentistry.
The Prem Sewa Community Health Development Project works in the Utraula and Gaindas Bujurg blocks in the Balrampur district. Programs focus on female literacy, reproductive and child health, and community organization. Most of the work is done among people belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other lower/backward castes – all marginalized members of Indian society.
The literacy of women has been a focus of this project for ten years. Literacy animators are trained annually, and typically more than 200 women complete the six-month course each year. Along with being taught how to read and write, the women are also taught skills such as stitching so that they have a marketable skill with which to help support their families. Women and mothers who become literate are much more likely to adopt positive and preventative health behaviors, also taught by the Community Health and Development workers.
Another focus of the project is ante-natal care for pregnant women and immunization for children. Improving the health of infants before and after birth is an important ministry of the project. Prem Sewa Hospital has a mobile clinic with which they travel to poor villages to provide medical services. Numerous eye camps are offered yearly. Self help groups teach women small business skills and animal husbandry techniques to assist them in generating income for their families. Through all of these programs, the staff at Prem Sewa desire to reach out to the community in God's love. Among both Hindus and Muslims, such love can open doors to building relationships of trust and opportunities to share.