In January 2021, the Udayan team, comprising of the Director, Assistant Director and paramedical staff, visited 10 Leprosy Colonies in West Bengal to select new children to intake at Udayan.
As part of this process, Udayan has extended its support to 2 new leprosy colonies whose children are in dire need of education:
- Barakar Leprosy Colony located in the Bardhaman District
- Bachurdoba Leprosy Colony in the Jhargram Paschim Medinipur District.
In both colonies, the financial condition of families living there is dire, with their main sources of income being rag-picking, and daily labouring in nearby coal mines. Other are employed as domestic help and van pullers. However total household income leaves families below the poverty line - impacting children the most.
During our visit, we conducted a door-to-door survey to identify children to admit to Udayan and will continue to work with these Colonies to help break the intergenerational cycle of leprosy there.