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 air-conditioning and refrigeration.
Last year, the Vocational Training Centre’s achievements included:
- 574 students trained in a technical skill, and provided with business and life skills training
- 89 girls found gainful employment after finishing their course
- 35 employers sensitised to disability and gender equitable workplaces, and fair labour conditions
Social Return on Investment
60 students were provided with boarding and food at the VTC at a cost of $271 for the year.
Project Outcome: Educated girls have more choices
At just 17, Rajesweri is one of the students studying electrical engineering. She is excited to have this opportunity as she has big dreams for her future: “I chose the electrical engineering course, as I knew there could be some good opportunities for me to pursue a career with the government when I qualify,” Rajesweri said. A diagnosis of leprosy did not stop this determined young woman.
With a little encouragement from her father (who admitted that he had leprosy in the past), Rajesweri applied to study at the VTC in Vadathorasalur. “I now want to finish my studies and get a good job first before I consider marriage.” she says. Rajesweri has also received physiotherapy and self-care training. The clawing of her hands has reduced considerably. Her family also received counselling. “Now my mother is understanding of leprosy and knows that it is not a curse,” she said. All thanks to people like you!
“After getting leprosy, I never thought I would get an opportunity to study. Thanks to supporters like you, this has been possible. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!” – Rajesweri
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.