Operation Equip India is a multi-organizational Christian initiative dedicated to equipping India's disabled with the physical, spiritual, educational and socio-economic tools necessary for a life of independence and advancement.
Since it's founding in 1997, thousands of disabled children and people affected by leprosy have been reached through this initiative, thanks to the faithful support of volunteers and donors both in India and abroad.
Changed Lives in India
Project: Operation Equip India (INDIA)
Daniel is a young man from a Muslim background who came to live in our hostel during his studies. He cannot stand due a polio deformity he has had since he was three. When he was searching for colleges to go for a teaching program, he was told, "you can't teach because you can't stand." He came to the center through the recommendation of our craft teacher and received calipers. Now, Daniel can stand up with the help of his calipers and walking stick, he applied again for the teaching program. He is now studying in the teaching program where he was previously rejected. Although he faces fears about his student teaching, he feels encouraged and empowered. Coming from a family where his parents are hard-working laborers, he is one of four children who has a chance to make a better life for his family!
This is a young lady with spina bifida who came to Equip India in 1999. As a result of her disability, she has no sensation in her feet and often suffers from painful foot ulcers, making walking very difficult. Since coming to us, she completed high school and pre-university studies, as well as completing our vocational training program. Dorcas is just one of the young women in whom we've seen a life change. After graduation, she worked as a home worker in our handicrafts program, making products at home to earn a living. She was not sure what to do next with her life, but through her work with the handicapped, she was selected for a job interview at a local partner, a rare occurence for India's disabled women. She now works with that partner in their handicrafts showroom. She is overjoyed to have the opportunity to work and provide for her family. Among the staff with whom she now works, Dorcas shines like a diamond. She is a bright testimony of Christ's life-altering power and the effects of his practical love!