The need

We have an urgent need for our projects in Central Asia.

Our workers in this region are dedicated to bringing hope to children with disabilities, along with their mothers and families who also suffer social stigma and rejection.

These incredible places offer a holistic approach to caring for children with disabilities, including:

  • Critical rehabilitation services
  • Community advocacy
  • Family support
  • Assistive devices

This Christmas, our goal is to raise $60,000 to help fund the salaries, training, support and therapeutic tools needed for FIVE local workers to care for these beautiful children and their families.

This funding is for employing local workers and covering local expenses. Our OM workers in these projects are all volunteers who raise their own funds through churches and friends.

Will you give a tax-deductible gift for these workers and children?

Why is this needed?

“I really enjoy telling these mothers that their children are loved by God and not cursed or rejected!”

We recently spoke with Sarah*, an OM worker and Occupational Therapist, who has been working in the area for over 10 years. She told us that the best part of her job is telling mothers that their children are loved by God and not cursed or rejected.

Because everywhere else these children turn, they are told they are cursed.

They are shunned. Made to feel worthless. Kept indoors. Many in the community speculate that “the curse” is given to punish the mother for something that she has done in her past. The child’s disability – they tell the family – is the outworking of God’s judgement against them. They are told God has rejected them.

As a result, the alienation felt by these families is incredibly profound, both spiritually and in community. This reminds us of John chapter 9. The man, born blind, was assumed to have either sinned himself or it was because of his parent’s sin. Jesus destroys this assumption and, in an act of compassion and love, does “the works of God” and brings healing to the man. So too, we have the opportunity to show the love, grace and compassion of God to these marginalised people.

Is it effective?

Sarah* told us an incredible story about one of these local workers that we are seeking to raise money for.

This woman is herself the mother of a child with disabilities. She told us that, before she started coming to the support groups run by the project, she was pretty much always at home and that the child almost always kept in her room. But by attending the groups, she learnt that her daughter can learn and interact and speak. They learnt they can actually have a valuable relationship with their child.

Their family was completely changed.

Today this lady is a local worker for the project and is telling other mothers of the hope she has found.

Lives are being enriched every day. That is why we must ensure these projects have the funds to continue offering life-changing hope and support.

*Name changed for security purposes

Stories from Central Asia

“As we visit homes in the village and meet with children with cerebral palsy and their parents, the memory of this boy in pain gives me energy and impetus to keep going, to keep teaching and showing and training as much as I am able, so that other kids can have a chance to be well cared for and helped,” says Beth.

Our experience with this boy encourages us to keep smiling, to keep telling people that besides what the culture tells them – they are loved by God, not cursed, and their love is seen by their children.”
“I love hearing from the local people here about the workers that have gone before us who have now returned to their passport countries,” shares Beth. “I hear stories like: ‘She taught me to quilt’ or ‘She gave me this recipe’ or ‘She taught me how to set a table for foreigners.’ And, of course, the best stories begin: ‘She taught me about Jesus.’ These are the things those who have gone before us have left behind.”