Sarva’s principal focus is its Education Fund. This provides financial support to students excluded from state education or normal integration in the wider community, due to their leprosy parentage, poverty, or social status.
This fund enables our students to undertake schooling or vocational training, which would otherwise be impossible for them due to the strength of prejudice against them. The Sarva Education Fund is thereby able to offer an opportunity for them to finally break the desperate cycle of destitution and disease for their impoverished families and communities.
One of the ways Sarva is supporting girls and boys whose parents have been affected by leprosy is through nursing degrees. This 3½-year training is of particular importance to our work, as it enables these young people to spread the knowledge of proper health care and hygiene to the ostracised communities from which they come.
From founding in November 2006 to April 2015, the Sarva Education Fund has provided support to over 200 students, giving some £73,000 in scholarships.