We are now coming to the end of our visit to India. It’s been a great time, seeing all the people who you have helped and are helping though your incredible generosity.
One such is Biju, a 31-year-old man who we found bedridden with polio in a small house that he shares with his family. His mother is a woman of incredible energy and determination, who wanted a wheelchair for him, so that he could go out to the nearby cross-roads and sell lottery tickets – a common way that disabled people have of scraping a living in this part of India. However, there was a problem – the house was at the top of a narrow rough winding path that we struggled to walk up – totally unsuitable for a wheelchair. So, rather than turn them down, we said that they would need to build a suitable track for the wheelchair, and went on our way confident that this was the last that we would hear of the matter. Imagine our surprise when, a week later, we had a phone call – the path had been built. We went with a wheelchair to demonstrate just how impossible this was – and there was a freshly made concrete path up the side of the hill! The family were delighted with the wheelchair, and Biju can now look forward to a more meaningful life, making a contribution to his family.