Enabled is a community development organisation working in North India.
Our team of doctors, community health workers, disability therapists and development professionals introduce and establish quality care in some of the world's most remote communities.
The geographical challenges of working in this isolated region can seem overwhelming, but through a passionate commitment to the value of each person, and to the establishment of a sustainable and collaborative model of care, Enabled is finding a way forward.
With one of the largest populations on earth, India spends less per person on healthcare than any other country in the world, despite having some of the world's most significant health needs. In particular, access to healthcare for people with disabilities is practically non-existent.
In India's rural villages, a lack of resources or infrastructure is only part of the issue. Traditional taboos can also prevent members of a higher caste from associating with a Dalit (an untouchable), a widow or someone with a disability. Sometimes it is even forbidden to eat, drink or be in proximity with them. There can be an active disregard for those who suffer due to the belief that difficult situations are a consequence of supposed transgressions in a past life. Unfortunately, this often contributes to entrenched stigma and disadvantage.
Enabled works in this complex environment to respectfully empower the local community to consider an alternative response to their challenges, while also offering support, practical care and restoration of dignity for all people regardless of race, religion, caste or disability.