The Education Program helps children affected by leprosy or disability attend school. Without this support, these children would miss out on an education. Getting children to school is difficult for families in poverty. This program provides these students with access to the uniforms, books and food necessary to obtain an education.
The success of this project over the last year include:
Social Return on Investment
Scholarships to support the cost of school fees and materials for 422 students were provided at $67 per student last year.
180 people were able to stay at the Self-Care Unit for an immersive training program in living with leprosy impairment, at a cost of $44 per patient.
Project Outcome: children can go to school despite demanding circumstances
Fifteen-year-old Sita lives only with her older sister, who is leprosy-affected and has a disability. Sita became her sister’s carer when they were both forced to move away from their family village because of the stigma and abuse her sister faced.
Bearing a burden much heavier than most teenagers is tough, but TLM Nepal has helped to keep Sita in school despite this. She says, “I feel things are easy now because I have been able to pay my school fees on time and bought a school dress”.
When she grows up, Sita wants to serve her people by joining the army.