EHA Canada was established in Saskatoon, SK in 1999, as a registered Canadian Charity (BN#89783 7829 RR0001). We focus on India, seeking to help her poor and marginalized peoples.
Emmanuel Hospital Association Canada was founded to support and promote the work of EHA abroad. Since 1999, our Board of Directors has worked to fundraise, foster prayer, and raise awareness for both our parent organization and for other Christian organizations whose work in India is aligned with EHA’s mission and values.
Abraham Ninan, our co-founder and Executive Director, served as one of the founding members of EHA in India nearly 50 years ago. When he and his wife, Leela, moved to Canada in the early 70s, they hoped to bridge the compassion and generosity they saw in their new home with the need which they had encountered through their work with EHA in India. EHA Canada was founded in 1999.
Nearly 20 years later, EHA Canada still sees a need for this bridge. The individuals we serve continue to face prejudice, marginalization, and poverty. By pairing the generosity and prayers of our global support base with the skills and knowledge of our partner organisations in India, we bring hope and transformation to the lives of India’s most vulnerable.
One of the reasons we seek to work in India is the sheer need in many parts of the country. The second is that we wished to continue the work of doctors and nurses from Canada and other Western nations who served faithfully and sacrificially in the past. We did not want to see their efforts go to waste. Thirdly our relationship with our partners has been most gratifying. Our skilled, efficient, and compassionate partners in India work with transparent integrity and are transforming individuals and communities.
Most of our projects are with EHA India, but we do also support “Neerekshe” (meaning “Hope”), which is a rural project in South Central India that runs a Christian school and a hostel for poor children.
We have successfully completed many projects over the years. One of the projects that stands out is the establishment of a hospital in a part of the country with very little access to health care. We have many ongoing projects including Community Based Rehabilitation in Raxaul, village outreach in the Malto hills, and Palliative care. Our projects are detailed in the Project section of the website.
Board of Directors
EHA Canada has a Board of Directors which examines and approves all projects. Board members periodically visit India, both to minister and to inspect the projects we support. We receive regular reports from India about our projects.
- Dr. Dwight Loback – Vice-President
- Mr. Dennis Loewen – Secretary
- Dr. Abraham Ninan – President
- Mrs. Leela Ninan – Administrator
- Mrs. Judy McAleer – Director
- Dr. Rebecca Mackay – Director
- Mr. Afzal Currimbhoy – Director (not pictured)
- Ms. Rae-Anna Hedlin – Administrative Support
*All of our board members have served in India for varying lengths of time.
*All staff are voluntary, with the exception of the role of Administrative Support.
Our activity in Canada is to promote the work of our partners in India. We do this by raising awareness and funds, fostering prayer, encouraging exchange of personnel between our two countries, co-operating in leadership development activities and facilitating short term and longer term missions to India.
We love to share our stories about India and EHA – the needs, the challenges, and the successes – and encourage others to partner with us. If you would like to someone to speak to your church, missions committee, or small group, please contact our office.