“It was always my dream to teach grown-up people, especially women, because I felt women should have access to education as it empowers them to live on their own. That’s why I was thrilled when The Leprosy Mission Trust India’s (TLMTI) WEALTH project asked me whether I could teach women in the adult literacy class the project was planning to start in my village. Before my association with TLMTI, my identity was that of a daughter-in-law and I was confined to the four walls of my home. If I had to go out, someone from my family had to accompany me,” shares Pushpalata while introducing herself.
Self-help is the best help. Coming from an impoverished background, Pushpa Devi started her education at the age of 41 to become an epitome of success for her community and is continuing to set an example for others to follow.
If there is ever a story about dreams coming true, it is the story of Vinod Matho. Even when the odds were stacked against him, he found a way to overcome them and build his future.
From utter despair to resurgent hope, the story of Munia doesn’t only break the odds but highlights how proper treatment and guidance can make a difference in the lives of people affected by leprosy.
Sixteen-year-old Mamta lives in Ashadeep leprosy colony, in Durg, Chhattisgarh, with her parents. Her father, Mr Ramadin Patel, was affected by leprosy and is now completely cured. He and his wife work as labourers in a construction site. Mamta has two brothers – one is studying and other discontinued education to financially support his family.