provide uniforms for a child in Nepal
a 12 month scholarship to a child in Nepal
provide vocational training to a young person in India
Because of poverty, discrimination and stigma, educational and employment opportunities are limited, placing them in vulnerable economic conditions.
This results in greater social isolation, intergenerational poverty, loss of rights and loss of dignity. Among the most affected are girls and women because of their gender.
And add to this the COVID-19 pandemic when many parents have lost their job and they are not able to afford the basics things like school uniforms, books or pens – it looks even bleaker.
Without help they will never fully recover, and end up trapped in a vicious cycle of continuing poverty and lack of opportunity.
But you can help break that cycle today.
The kind of start every young person like 19-year-old Shaheen from a poor community in India deserves…
Shaheen was fighting a losing battle right from the start. She was diagnosed with leprosy at the age of 14. She was attending high school and she found herself unable to hold a pen. Her parents took her to hospital where she was diagnosed with leprosy and given MDT treatment. But the damage was done, her right hand had lost all feeling and she couldn’t write anymore.
Shaheen recalls, “I was very scared. I was the first person in my family to have leprosy. My parents were very supportive but they did not tell anyone in the village.”
But Shaheen is the living proof that your gift will work.
You see, today Shaheen is completing a 12 month course at a Leprosy Mission Vocational Training Centre in India where she is learning to use a sewing machine. She is doing very well and looking forward to her future when she can earn her own income and lead a very productive and healthy life. Shaheen loves learning, and she’s always full of smiles.
Once Shaheen completes her course she will be helped to find a job. And that’s all down to the kindness and generosity of supporters like you.
In Nepal the provision of children’s scholarships enables many families to continue to send their children to school – thus improving their future employment prospects. Education also means that the person is able to have hope for a better future.
In India, the Vocational Training Centre is equipped to cater for the livelihood needs of the leprosy community in a holistic manner (literacy, inner well-being, life and business skills, disability management, rights, inclusive placement opportunities).
Just $25 can provide uniforms for a child in Nepal.
$45 can give a 12 month scholarship to a child in Nepal.
And $100 can provide vocational training for a young person in India.
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