Our Society is making its constant all-out efforts for the integrated socio-economic development of leprosy affected persons in the State of Madhya Pradesh, with the cooperation of Sasakava India Leprosy Foundation (SILF) of New Delhi. The main problem facing these persons is that even after being cured from this disease, they remain away from the mainstream of society and are rather forced to lead an isolated and neglected life in the society, which is a main stumbling block in their socio-economic development. .
As a mentor, our Society along with SILF, is approaching leprosy affected persons, living in various districts of Madhya Pradesh, and making in-depth assessment studies in terms of their problems, existing skills and capacities, as well as their experiences, and based on such assessments, we identify the self-employment opportunities, as per their respective skills. Thereafter, they are grouped into Self-Help Groups of identical interests and provide them with employable vocational training for starting their income generating trade. Our team members are continuously extending necessary hand-holding support to ensure their successful functioning to earn their livelihood.
- Consequent upon the joint untiring efforts of PECSS and SILF, coupled with positive attitude of leprosy affected beneficiaries, as many as 21 Self Help Groups, consisting of about more than 230 such beneficiary with more than 850 colony members, are successfully functioning in the districts of Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa, Barwani, Mandsour, Ratlam, Sehore, and Katni (having major concentration of leprosy affected persons in Madhya Pradesh), and are engaged in respective income generating trades, such as:
- Making and selling of Silver Ghungroos;
- Sale of Sarees;
- Organic farming;
- Zari-Zardauzi work;
- Centering business;
- Animal husbandry;
- Dona making;
- Agriculture farming;
- Electrician business;
- Cutlery business;
- Catering business;
- Cosmetic business;
- Handloom weaving.
All these beneficiaries are earning in the range of Rs.4000-8000 per month and are leading an economically independent and socially respectable life.
We are not stopping at their economic development, but are making our further efforts to ensure other essential facilities for them � such as, allotment of pucca houses, provision of electricity and safe drinking water as well as other basic amenities of life. In this direction, we are in constant touch with respective Government and non-government agencies and hope to succeed in our efforts.
It is our earnest endeavour to bring all leprosy affected persons within the mainstream of society and lead a socio-economic respectable life. With planned approach and necessary cooperation we hope to achieve this objective within the course of next few years.