India is home to around 60% of the world's leprosy-affected. Despite the fact that most of them are cured, they -- and their children -- are forced to settle in one of 630 leprosy colonies in India. They are not welcome anywhere else. In Jamshedpur, there is one such ghetto run by Stephen Das.
Recently, Stephen wrote, "Please join us to praise God as now at our Jadugoda Ashram we have a concrete structure where we can worship and children can study, as compared to the earlier bamboo stick shelter. "
As far as leprosy is concerned, India is one of the worst-affected countries in the world. Today, although leprosy is said to have been eliminated (that is, the prevalence rate of cases is 1 per 10,000 people) India is still home to nearly 60% of the world's leprosy-affected. It is also estimated that at least 11 million people have been cured of the disease in the last decade alone.
As the World Health Organization points out, the time has come to shift the emphasis from the medical to the social aspect of the disease. Bags of Hope is proud to partner with Jadugoda Ashram in Jamshedpur, India, to provide clothing, toys and financial assistance to relieve the felt needs of this community.