Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vote Shanti Sewa Griha - Nepal for the World Challenge

Vote Shanti Sewa Griha - Nepal for the World Challenge!

These guys are doing really great job. One of the best examples of how (small) efforts can change the life of many people affected by Leprosy. 

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If they win the world challenge they plan to start new community for more affected people.

From the site:

A Chance to Grow

Shanti Sewa Griha - Nepal

Shanti Sewa Griha is a self-sufficient society for leprosy victims and other social outcasts.
Nepal is one of the few countries in the world where people still get leprosy. Effective treatments exist. But fear of the disease runs so deep that victims are often shunned even after they've been cured. Most end up as beggars around the country's temples - though even here they are often ostracised by other beggars.
Shanti Sewa Griha - meaning "Peace, Help and Home" in Nepali - was set up to help the beggars around one of the biggest temples in the capital Kathmandu. "We started with 13 leprosy affected people back in 1992," remembers Krishna Gurung, one of Shanti's founders. "Now we have altogether over a thousand people."
As well as medical care, Shanti also offers employment through tailoring, handicrafts and organic gardening. Even the most severely disabled are given some useful role. "It's about finding the talents that are hidden in them," says Krishna. "We have a badly maimed person but he can hold one device - he is making all the staircases, and he's doing a beautiful job." Shanti Sewa Griha has recently opened a new site outside the city. Building on the self-sufficient, village-like ethos of the original centre, the new site incorporates workshops, a school and a free health clinic.

World Challenge 08 is brought up by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference. The winner will receive a grant of USD $20 000 to put back into their project/business, and two runners up will each receive USD $10 000.

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