Vocational training centres teach a wide variety of technical skills for people affected by leprosy and general disability. This means that they can obtain employment and independently support their families.
This training includes cutting and sewing, diesel mechanics, dressmaking, electrician, motor vehicle mechanics, animal husbandry.
The Leprosy Mission Australia is supporting the Vadathorasalur Vocational Centre in India which is situated on the grounds of The Leprosy Mission’s Vadathorasalur Hospital.
Over the next five years, the project aims to ensure healing, dignity and inclusion for a minimum of 670 young people affected by leprosy and disability and 200 underprivileged girls and women.
The Leprosy Mission in IndiaIndia is a diverse and intriguing country with a population of over 1.2 billion. It has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet, ironically, still contains the largest concentration of poor people, with a rate of malnutrition among children almost five times more than that of China, and twice that of Sub-Saharan Africa.
India has about 70% of all leprosy patients worldwide. The Leprosy Mission’s work started in India in 1874, and it remains a key area for The Leprosy Mission, with over 50% of resources being channelled there. In recent years, The Leprosy Mission has become more holistic in its approach to care for people affected by leprosy. This includes not only healthcare, but education, rehabilitation and vocational training.
The Leprosy Mission runs 14 hospitals in India, which provide general medical services, as well as specialist leprosy care and referral services.
The Leprosy Mission Australia partners with The Leprosy Mission Trust India in its work.