Give Tumpa A Certain Future
(This fundraising campaign is now closed)
So when a large discoloured, disfiguring patch appeared on her face, she found it incredibly distressing.
For years she tried remedy after remedy to try to get rid of it. All without success.
She found a job as an announcer on local radio, so that she wouldn’t have to be seen. But in India, this is an extremely poorly paid job with no prospects for the future.
With a gift from you, Tumpa, and many other young people like her can have a more secure future, that isn’t defined by their illness.
After years of fear and increasing hopelessness, Tumpa heard about a hospital that might have the answer to the riddle of the marks on her face.
At Purulia Hospital, doctors quickly recognised and diagnosed the marks on her face, and the weakness that had developed in one of her hands and one of her legs, as leprosy. She was prescribed a course of Multi-Drug Therapy to cure her leprosy and was able to go home knowing that she would be cured.
But with the certainty of knowing what was wrong came the fear of what its impact would be?
- How would other people react?
- Would she lose her job?
- What would her family or neighbours say or do?
- Would she be able to stay at home?
Other than her parents she couldn’t tell anyone what was wrong with her.
Today, you can take away the fear and give young people like Tumpa confidence for the future.
It was the counsellor at Purulia Hospital who suggested she apply to study at The Leprosy Mission’s Vocational Training Centre, where she can get a qualification that will allow her to find better, secure employment.
She already knew how to sew a little and so has enrolled on the Tailoring course. She will gain skills that are always in high demand in the many garment factories in Kolkata and elsewhere.
With an eye to the future she also knows that she will be able to continue working from home if she gets married.
A gift from you today will provide Tumpa with the training she needs to take control of her life, with confidence and assurance.
You can give her a certain future, free from the effects of leprosy.
Thank you and God bless.