Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

Last week we brought you the story of Precious, the Student in Zambia. As we continue on our journey during the Big Push, this week we travel to India to meet Elishunu, the teacher—one of the individuals whose lives you have touched with the gift of mobility.

India_BP_fridayStoryElishunu’s father worked all day at a nearby plantation to support his family of five. Although money was scarce, her parents did all they could to support her education because Elishunu was a hard worker—in fact she completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science and was hired as a teacher at a local school. The added income went a long way in easing the burden on her parents but the joy was short-lived as an accident on her way home from work left Elishunu paralyzed. She wanted to get a wheelchair so she could have some of her independence back, but there was no way her family could afford one without the extra income—a vicious cycle between poverty and immobility set in. A colleague of Elishunu came to visit one day after the accident and told her about Sathyam Ministry’s partnership with Free Wheelchair Mission. She was overjoyed when she received her wheelchair and thanked Sathyam Ministries and FWM for restoring her independence and ability return to school to teach again.

Last week a student; this week a teacher. These stories could be any of our stories—we are all teachers and students in different ways at different times. And we are all friends. Friends of the people with physical challenges we seek to empower every day: and are able to empower because of your support. Thank you for being our partner.

Blessings,

Don Schoendorfer

PS—we are in the midst of our 2nd Annual Big Push. As we strive to give 10,000 people the gift of mobility between now and March 31, please consider partnering with us to reach our goal.

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