The Rotary Club of Delhi South (RCDS), in collaboration with Lepra and Assets Care and Reconstruction Enterprise Ltd (ACRE), has taken a significant step towards empowering leprosy patients and their families in Delhi NCR. RCDS has installed an on-grid solar power plant at the Mother Teresa Home in Tahirpur, Delhi, which will provide a sustainable source of energy for the patients and improve their quality of life. Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, inaugurated the solar power plant and distributed tricycles to the patients.
Despite being a completely curable disease, leprosy remains one of the most misunderstood and underreported diseases globally, with India accounting for 54% of new cases detected in 2020-21. RCDS, with its partners, takes a multi-pronged approach to improve medical care, raise awareness, and dispel social stigma surrounding the disease. The Leprosy Control Project, launched in 2019, aims to uplift the lives of more than 1500 leprosy patients and their families in Delhi NCR.
Apart from the solar power plant, RCDS has also donated relief aid and tricycles to the patients, which will help them lead a more comfortable and independent life. The tricycles will enable the patients to move around more easily and regain their independence.
RCDS is setting an exemplary model for other organizations to follow in their endeavor to improve the quality of life for marginalized communities. The initiative highlights the crucial role of sustainable energy solutions in improving the health and well-being of society’s most vulnerable groups. With this green initiative, RCDS has not only empowered leprosy patients with a sustainable source of energy but also made significant progress towards a leprosy-free India.