Educate children from leprosy afflicted families by The Leprosy Mission Trust India

Educate children from leprosy afflicted families

Impact

Mamta and Kajal’s friendship is an inspiration for many!

16-year-old Mamta lives in the Ashadeep leprosy colony. Her father who was affected by leprosy is now cured but her life has been far from easy.

Both her parents are addicted to alcohol and their regular fights make it hard for Mamta and her siblings to stay at home. Outside the walls of her home, her she has often been mocked for belonging to a leprosy colony.

Hope found Mamta in an unlikely companion, Kajal. Kajal is a 16-year-old girl with dwarfism who regularly visits the Ashadeep colony. She and Mamta became good friends over 10 years ago and travel together to school on Mamta’s bicycle.

Both Kajal and Mamta are often the targets of cruel jokes by their peers. Kajal is laughed at for her disability and Mamta gets called names for being from a leprosy colony. They survive each day by standing up for themselves and for each other constantly.

Their hardships have brought these two strong girls together. They look forward to going to school and creating a better future for themselves. While Kajal wants to be a teacher, Mamta aspires to be doctor. They dream big and work hard believing that there’s more to life than their poverty and alienation.

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Program Description

The 'Catch Them Young' program initiated by the Leprosy Mission aims to empower children affected by leprosy or those who belong to families where a member is a leprosy patient.

The program realizes that such children may not be able to avail all facilities and opportunities that are otherwise easily available to students free of any social stigma. Scholarships are awarded to these children in order for them to continue their education. The scholarship is awarded to them once a year and includes school fees, books, and stationery. The program was launched in the year 1998 and primarily aims to support students who are pursuing higher education in schools, colleges, and professional courses.

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About The NGO

The Leprosy Mission Trust India
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The Leprosy Mission Trust India

The Leprosy Mission was born in 1874 when friends of an Irish school teacher, Wellesley Bailey, and his wife Alice, promised to raise 30 pounds a year to help persons affected by leprosy in India.

Since then, the legacy of their commitment and selfless work has inspired Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLM) to serve lakhs of people who are suffering from leprosy and its social, economic and psychological impact. TLM works through 14 Hospitals, 6 Vocational Training Centers, 5 Snehalayas (Homes for the care of the elderly leprosy-affected people), and various Community-Based Development Projects. Their constant endeavor has been to provide healing, inclusion, dignity and an opportunity for sustainable livelihoods to individuals affected by leprosy.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Mary Verghese

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Area of Operation
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Leprosy | education

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Location of Work
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Delhi

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December 2018

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Program Updates

22 July, 2019

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Program Update

The project has been working in 15 villages across three states - West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. Under this, scholarships have been provided to 150 children and 1325 more children have been brought under the program's impact.

A total of 8 well-functioning Children's Parliaments have been established across the 3 centres. All of these children are being provided regular training and mentoring on rights' awareness based on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Regular summer camps have been organised. A sports centre for girls in the leprosy colony has been created.

Program children are regularly taking up issues that impact them in community and their schools through these functioning Parliaments.

Story from the field

For the last one year, a 12-year old boy has been forced to call a hospital his home. Sunil Nishad has been battling some of the most grievous reactions caused by leprosy at The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s hospital at Chandkhuri in Chhattisgarh.

Belonging to the Baloda Bazaar district of Chhattisgarh, Sunil and his mother would travel frequently for more than 64 kms to Chandkhuri in order to get treatment for Sunil's leprosy complications. The severe reactions forced Sunil to stay at the hospital for months on end, thus forcing him to drop out of school.

Being a bright student, Sunil was miserable with the break in his education and thought he would never see the inside of a school again. Sunil’s case was referred to CUFA by the hospital staff for counselling and support.

The project staff took initiative and enrolled Sunil in a nearby school after taking leaving certificate from his old school in Baloda Bazaar. Sunil was also provided a scholarship under the Awards Programme of CUFA.

Sunil is now studying in VI standard and leaves the hospital with a cheerful smile to go to his school. The project staff also provides additional academic help to Sunil, whenever needed.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?1475
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date1475
Village/City/State where project is locatedPurulia - West Bengal; Muzzaffarpur - Bihar; Chandkhuri - Chhattisgarh
Total Budget for the project for FY18-195740000
Total Expenses for the project YTD5740000

30 October, 2018

The Leprosy Mission Trust India's Update

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Children Unite for Action' is a project working for children and youth affected by leprosy and other disabilities, to access their right to survival, right to protection, right to participation and right to development. The project ensures that children have the necessary skills and knowledge to access education and attain desired relevant careers. The needs of these children are addressed in a holistic manner where they are developed as 'Champions for Leprosy'. Early detection of leprosy among children to prevent disabilities and inclusive development are important aspects of the project. Children affected by leprosy from lower socioeconomic background are awarded scholarship for two years as part of 'A Proud Champion' Award Programme of the project, to encourage and support them to overcome stigma and discrimination related to Leprosy in order to dream high and achieve higher. Many children are getting benefited under this program.

Story from the field

Kalpana Patel wants to be a nurse and serve the society. Her parents are visually impaired and live in a village in Allahabad District. Her father, Mr. Shiv Asre was affected by leprosy. They struggled to meet their ends meet. TLM supported them through livelihood training and helped them set up a kirana store for their livelihood. She has a younger sister studying in Class 12. Both sisters help parents with the shop during their free hours. Even In the midst of all problems Kalpana took up science stream and pursued her goal. She scored 75% in Class 12 examination and has applied for General Nursing. Though her extended family wants her to get married and settle. Her parents are motivated and want her to continue her education. The support received is being utilised for her educational needs.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19300
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year220

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