The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s CTY project organised a four-day workshop for students affected by leprosy it supports financially for continuing their education, with the theme, ‘Building confident and fearless youth,’ from April 24 to 27, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Twenty-one students (above 14 years of age) attended the workshop. Ms Neeti Jain conducted the workshop as the resource person and provided free space and resources. She is a trainer and runs a school in Chhattisgarh. She has previously worked with leprosy patients.
Topics covered in the workshop included overcoming fears, building relationships and self-awareness. In the interactive sessions, the children shared about their fear of being insulted, fear of being shouted at, fear of fights, fear of being left alone, fear of being hit, etc.
In the workshop, they were taught to think about their existence and its purpose. Also, they were taught to question and reason out some of their deep-rooted beliefs. The importance of having values in life was also discussed.
The participants said that after the four-day workshop they felt more in control of their lives. One participant said, “Sitting in my house in the leprosy colony, I never get an opportunity to understand how the outside world is. I’ve never heard such words of wisdom. Many of us face regular fights in our homes. We blame our siblings and parents for all the problems. But here, we have learnt to see things differently. This will help us to be happy, irrespective of the situation we are in.”