Why this project needed our help
Udayan is a home for the rehabilitation of just over 300 boys and girls affected by leprosy. It provides them with medical care, education and vocational training with a view to enabling the children eventually not only to make their own way in life but also to support their extended families who are frequently among the poorest of India’s poor.
How Juniper Trust helped
The Juniper Trust contributed £1,000 to a project to raise the home’s existing 150ft x 130ft “kitchen garden” by 3ft and provide it with a pump and proper drainage. Once paddy land, the whole area is at present waterlogged during the monsoon, which means that the yield from the land is very limited. The aim was to make it possible to supply the home’s kitchen with vegetables all the year round with its important health benefits.
What difference has been made?
The children benefitted greatly from the fresh vegetable diet. Every year at least 50 children received training in agriculture. Learning to grow vegetables proved an invaluable vocational skill which has also been shown to have therapeutic value for the children, many of whom have been through considerable trauma.