The Rotary Club of Delhi South (RCDS) has partnered with Lepra and Assets Care and Reconstruction Enterprise Ltd (ACRE) to launch an on-grid solar power plant at the Mother Teresa Home in Tahirpur, Delhi. The project aims to provide a sustainable source of energy for leprosy patients and their families, improving their quality of life. The solar power plant was inaugurated by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, who also distributed tricycles to the patients.
Despite being a completely curable disease, leprosy remains one of the most misunderstood and underreported diseases, with India accounting for 54% of new cases detected globally in 2020-21. To improve medical care, raise awareness, and dispel social stigma surrounding the disease, RCDS, with its partners, takes a multi-pronged approach. The Leprosy Control Project, launched in 2019, works towards uplifting 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 leprosy patients, which will help them lead a more comfortable and independent life. The tricycles will enable the patients to move around more easily, providing them with a sense of freedom.
RCDS has set an exemplary model for other organizations to follow in their endeavor to improve the quality of life for marginalized communities. The initiative showcases the importance 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.