Emmanuel Hospital Association, India

Tearfund has been working closely with Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) since 1985.

EHA began as a mission hospital, but has since expanded into the field of community development in response to the needs of local people, fighting issues such as unemployment and trafficking.

Nazeeb’s story comes from Bihar, where an estimated 4,000 children are trafficked every month.

The slavery is not just physical, it is also in their minds. Over centuries they’ve been marginalised, they’ve been suppressed, so people have lost their self-esteem.

Abraham Dennyson, EHA Programme Manager

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Why we're working there

In the north of India, near the Nepali border, rural areas are some of the least developed states in India. They are prone to flooding and many suffered enormous loss of life and livelihoods during floods in 2008. Even in 2015 there are still homes that have not been rebuilt.

All of this puts pressure on people already struggling to make ends meet, setting back their efforts again and again as new flood waters threaten their progress.

Most people are farmers but they can only grow enough food for half of the year. The majority of families struggle to feed their families and rely on income gained from casual work in other states.

Children are sometimes offered such work. Parents believe their children will be well-looked-after and gain vital skills and work experience, as well as providing income they desperately need. But children are easy to exploit. Many become modern-day slaves.

EHA’s projects include agricultural training to increase self-sufficiency, disaster-risk reduction, work with people living with disabilities and trafficking prevention.

The aims of the project

EHA is helping families to earn an income where they are, so that they have enough food to eat and are no longer dependent on the life promised by traffickers in order to survive.

The poultry farm Nazeeb and his family run is one such example.

creating stability

Farmers’ groups
Sharing best-practice and new techniques, farmers’ groups are helping people to work together to produce better crops. One farmers’ group in Bihar has won government awards for its excellent practice and the village has declared itself child-trafficking free: with a stable income their children are no longer vulnerable to trafficking.

Self-help groups
Women’s savings groups, like the one Nazeeb’s mother is part of, allows women to save together and borrow at low-interest, enabling them to start small businesses which help sustain their families during the agricultural low season.

Business starter kits
Small business starter-kits, like the materials for the poultry farm received by Nazeeb, are helping families to become self-sufficient. EHA is providing families with the materials and the know-how to get their businesses off the ground.

facing trafficking head-on

Awareness training
Awareness training in schools and communities is helping people understand the risks of trafficking and see through deception tactics so often used by traffickers.

Vigilance committees
Vigilance committees facilitated by community volunteers are enabling communities to work together to share information and challenge traffickers who come to their village.

Legal support
Legal support is helping families to make their voices heard in the legal system so that traffickers can be prosecuted and justice is brought for those who have suffered.

Project impact

The work that EHA does targets communities as a whole, strengthening civil society organisations, local government and churches to address issues such as trafficking and child protection together.

In a project in the Tea Gardens of Assam covering 5 tea estates and 4 villages, EHA are aiming to help the whole population of over 32,000 people.

Vulnerable households and young people who are most at risk of trafficking will be the first to be invited to become part of skills development programmes and other initiatives.

What your money will do

  • £300 could establish a seed bank to help 15 families get the food they need without their children having to work
  • £550 could help set up a vegetable nursery in a community, helping 60 children to get the food they need and stopping them having to work
  • £600 could help a community form a milk cooperative to set a fair price for their milk, helping families to earn enough to feed themselves
  • £27 could pay for a business starter kit which would provide a family with the skills and materials they need to start a small business like Nazeeb’s poultry farm. This allows them to earn enough to feed themselves and keep their children safe.
  • £35 could provide one anti trafficking training session in a school helping to keep a class of 30 children safe from the risk of trafficking.

Join us

Abraham Dennyson, EHA Programme Manager

EHA are dedicated to serving the poorest and most vulnerable in Northern India.

With the support of churches like yours we can come alongside them, providing prayerful and financial support.

God’s word says we are all made in God’s image, we are all God’s children, we are all equal... That’s what makes the difference to these people.

Abraham Dennyson, EHA Programme Manager

Please pray that our brothers and sisters in Northern India will know the love, support and prayers of the church in the UK and consider if you should become a Connected Church, partnering with EHA.