Udayan resonded to the COVID-19 crisis immediately and all children were sent to their homes for the duration of the Lockdown in India - continuing their education via mobile phone and support from our in-colony staff. With the livelihood of our leprosy-affected families severely impacted by the crisis, Udayan mobilised into action to provide ration support to the families of all children, along with additional support to 600 families across 10 Leprosy Colonies of West Bengal.
LEPROSY IS BACK ... IT NEVER WENT AWAY
Leprosy, which was declared 'eliminated' in India one-and-a-half decades ago, has re-emerged in different states, with high intensity.
Whilst health officials and activists celebrated 13 years ago, alarm bells rang out as the Central Leprosy Division of the Health Ministry reported that 135,485 new leprosy cases were detected in India in 2017.
India has the highest number of new leprosy cases in the world. Every year, over 200,000 cases are detected globally and India accounts for 60% of these, according to the World Health Organization.
And children are the most vulnerable - at risk of contracting the disease from parents, growing up in an unsafe environment, impacted by poverty and malnutrition and unable to access a decent education to help them break the cycle ...
RISING ABOVE LEPROSY
UDAYAN is a home and school on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, for children whose families are affected by Leprosy.
The children of families affected by leprosy suffer from the stigma of the disease - they are rarely sent to school and often end up as beggars, street children, child workers or involved in crime. Girl children become victims of human trafficking.
Set on 8acres of lush, green land, this residential home and school ensures this does not happen. Every year Udayan helps up to 300 children receive the highest quality of care, compassion and education - to enable them to lead healthy, respected, productive lives.
Udayan is a special place ... Once you visit, it remains in your heart, forever.
A LOVING HOME
Children are entrusted into the care of Udayan to provide a safe, loving environment for them away from the stigma of leprosy.
Our many buildings are set up to provide children with basic facilities, and children are provided with clothing, school uniforms, study materials, health/hygiene requirements as well as care from ‘house mothers & fathers’ at Udayan.
Students at UDAYAN are fully supported to do their best in school. Our smaller children attend an on-site school, Udayan Vidyalaya, whilst older students from 5th-12th Standard, attend off campus, local schools and are ferried to and from school by Udayan Buses. Udayan also provides scholarships for further studies and tertiary education.
At Udayan we believe in fostering all aspects of the child and their personality. Despite a busy schedule, we provide a variety of extra curricular activities to keep children active, stimulated, entertained & exploring various aspects of life. Our students play sport, learn music and dance, do yoga and enjoy lots of fun activities.
A TRAINING GROUND
Udayan places a strong focus on Vocational & Professional Training to give children good, practical skills to support them in gaining employment in life or in starting their own business. Udayan also plays a role in helping place students in relevant institutes, provide scholarships and financial assistance and facilitate placement in jobs.