By DR MARY VERGHESE Executive Director, The Leprosy Mission Trust India
Thank you! To all of you who have been supporting people affected by leprosy and those who serve them!
This year has been a very special year for us in The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI). To give you a glimpse of the impact of our programs – the reach and healing because of healthcare services; the transformation of children, young boys and girls, men and women affected by leprosy, disability and the marginalised because of improved access to skilling and livelihood opportunities; and enhanced capacities and belief in oneself and each other, here are a few highlights from the projects in India you support:
The Kothara Community Hospital and Philadelphia Leprosy Hospital Salur
Thanks to you, both hospitals continue to provide medical care to people affected by leprosy, and the wider community. They stock Multi-Drug Therapy for leprosy and conduct reconstructive surgery and physiotherapy for leprosy-affected limbs.
We give thanks to God, that last year at these hospitals:
• Over 3,000 people received assistive devices, such as special footwear or eyeglasses
• Over 4,000 people were screened for leprosy
• Over 130 reconstructive surgeries were performed
Vadathorasalur Vocational Training Centre
Thanks to you, the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) provides a free, quality, co-ed technical education to students who are directly affected, or the dependents of people affected by leprosy or disability. Courses include electrical engineering, mechanics, tailoring, and airconditioning and refrigeration.
We give thanks to God that over the last year, the Vocational Training Centre’s achievements included:
• Over 530 students trained in a technical skill, and provided with business and life skills training
• Over 80 girls found gainful employment after finishing their course
• Over 50 students were provided with boarding and food at the VTC
My sincere thanks to you all, your CEO, Chairman and members of the Board for their wise counsel and guidance and confidence in me and my team. I thank God for his goodness and faithfulness in the year gone by.
Thank you so very much again! Good tidings and God bless you!
Please pray for Dr Mary as she prepares to come to Australia in January for World Leprosy Sunday events. To find out where Mary will be speaking, please contact email@example.com, or go to www.leprosymission.org.au/events