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:
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