An IT professional in Westchester County, New York has embarked on a mission to give life-changing gifts to some of the poorest of the poor in India to literally get back on their feet, according to news reports.
Johnson Samuel, who established a nonprofit, Life and Limb in 2013, has been providing high-end prosthetic legs people in his native Kerala. So far, the organization has donated 81 such prosthetics.
Samuel visited Kerala last month to pay for and deliver prosthetics to 33 more people, according to a report on News 12. He has invested $20,000 of his own money, but said he still needs $30,000 more.
The artificial limbs, he said, are expensive – costing $1,500 for a below-the-knee prosthetic and nearly $2,200 for above-the-knee.
"The world can be better if we think about supporting other people every single day,” he said.
He's hoping donations through a GoFundMe page will be enough. He notes on the GoFundMe page that there are hundreds of amputees of all ages who have lost their limbs because of disease or accident and are unable to perform the most basic tasks.
Some of them must be fed, bathed, clothed and carried from place to place and they are unable to work and provide for their families. Medical care and health insurance in India is nearly non-existent in rural parts of India, including in Kerala, and amputees in impoverished families not only are ostracized but also face insurmountable emotional and financial challenges.
"It's an amazing thing when you think about the impact you make on someone else's life,” he said. “It’s a lot more than any other gift you can get."