Education and training can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity for people affected by leprosy. Leprosy stigma and financial insecurity can prevent people affected by leprosy and their families from gaining employment or accessing education. Moreover a disability, as a result of leprosy, can prevent a person from continuing their income activities pushing them into poverty.
Vocational Education and Training
Our six Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) train young people and adults affected by leprosy. VTCs offer government recognised certified courses which meet market demands and the specific physical needs of people affected by leprosy (e.g. limited mobility etc). Students are also provided with life skills training (skills to deal with issues in daily life), career counselling and to self care training to prevent disability or injury at home or in the workplace. After students complete their training we facilitate work placements with our corporate partners or support them to move into self employment to provide long term financial security for the students and their families.
We are assisting children from leprosy backgrounds to access secondary and higher education by providing an annual scholarship to enable their parents to meet the cost associated with sending their children to school.
We work with individuals and communities disadvantaged by leprosy, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, by addressing their physical, mental, social and spiritual needs to uphold human dignity and eradicate leprosy.