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Inspiring Change: Commitment to Children's Education

The program's concept is straightforward: Gnanodaya Rehabilitation Association, via Gnanodaya High School, seeks to create a supportive environment that fosters children's education. The students attending these schools come from leprosy-affected colonies or low-income families. The primary goal is to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary for active participation in cultural and societal events. The program recognizes that achieving higher educational levels can elevate social status, transforming students into informed and aware citizens. Education serves as a gateway for students to learn about the social norms, customs, and traditions of their community, fostering greater awareness and individual development.


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Addressing Leprosy Stigma: Gnanodaya's Educational Initiative for Affected Children

In 2019, WHO documented 202,185 new cases of leprosy across 160 countries, with India, Brazil, and Indonesia contributing significantly to the global caseload. India led with 114,451 cases (56.61%), followed by Brazil (27,863 cases, 13.78%) and Indonesia (17,439 cases, 8.63%). These three nations accounted for 79.01% of the total reported cases.

Despite India's official designation as leprosy-free, individuals and families affected by leprosy still face stigmatization. The lingering social stigma results in exclusion and difficulties in accessing education, employment, housing, and public transportation for those who have or had leprosy.

The impact on education is particularly severe. The stigma associated with leprosy, even after being cured, becomes a major obstacle, especially for children from impoverished families. This stigma often forces children into jobs rather than providing them with educational opportunities, affecting their aspirations and causing lifelong mental stress.

To address these challenges, the Gnanodaya Rehabilitation Association initiated a program focused on providing access to education and lifelong learning. Recognizing that education leads to self-realization, improved dignity, and effective societal participation, the program targets children whose lives are adversely affected by leprosy-related stigma, even if they do not have the disease themselves.

These schools operated by the Gnanodaya Rehabilitation Association aim to mitigate the impact of rejection, poverty, and isolation faced by children in leprosy-affected communities. Challenges such as distance, social discrimination, and the stigma associated with leprosy make it difficult for these children to attend formal schools. The association is committed to breaking this cycle by ensuring that the parents' leprosy does not determine the educational opportunities and future prospects of these children.

People Empowering Our Mission

Padma Venkataraman
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Dr. Sathya Executive Member

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Mr.K.S. Rajesh Executive Member

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Dr.S. Rajendiran Executive Member

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Booma Srinivasan
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Arijit Sen
Mr. Arijit Sen Executive Member

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Mr. Naveen Executive Member

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