Posted on October 15, 2021 CMC Vellore awarded ASHA Grant

CMC Vellore awarded ASHA Grant

Benjamin Chan

October 15, 2021


We congratulate the New York-based Vellore Foundation and the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore (CMC Vellore), India for “once again been selected by USAID as an American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) grant recipient, a federally funded program that supports infrastructure and capital improvement initiatives. The FY2020 ASHA Grant will support the use of robotics and Artificial Intelligence to help improve physical rehabilitation for people with disabilities. The funds awarded, $813,134, will directly fund medical equipment to benefit 70% of CMC’s patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injuries, mostly arising from road traffic accidents, and children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders, who require physical rehabilitation. Robotic and virtual reality-assisted technology will provide neurorehabilitation of upper and lower limbs providing multiple repetitions, biofeedback sensors to monitor progress, and improved mobility outcomes…” Click to read more in


Since the COVID pandemic last year, John Riehl,  Executive Director of the Vellore Foundation, and his team have been aggressively raising COVID relief fund to enable CMC Vellore to respond to the difficult situation in India. At the same time, they continue to focus on the overall financial capacity building and strategic medical programs development. International Ministries has supported the effort by providing $20,000 OGHS COVID relief fund, $5,000 White Cross and Nursing School Scholarship, and a $40,000 OGHS Development Grant to sponsor the development of a Maternity Hospital in Jawadhi Hills in South India. Praise God that we can work actively with this wonderful long-time partner in India, and with the Vellore Foundation and faith-based organizations in the US to promote wholistic wellness of Indian communities.