The Community Intervention Unit attached to The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) hospital in Shahdara, Delhi, along with TLMTI’s WACA (Women as Change Agents) project celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi on 2 October at the community hall near Green Field Public School, Tahirpur, Delhi. A total of 100 people affected by leprosy and their families, youth, and women champions took part in the celebration.
Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” This underscores the point that empowering a woman is key to social change.
The Community Intervention Unit (CIU) of The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s Shahdara Hospital in New Delhi had started two Self-Help Groups (SHGs) – Uthan Self-Help Group in Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Vandana self-Help Group in Sarvodaya Kusht Ashram, both in Tahirpur colony – where people affected by leprosy live, in October 2016.
Sitting quietly on the hospital bed, he stared into space. The snow-white clouds rolling merrily along the deep blue sky didn’t interest him. The halo of melancholy around him thickened every moment. He turned his gaze to his lap. A tear rolled down his cheek and fell on the open book resting on his lap, smudging his name – Kishan Kumar – written in blue ink.