Stories of Social Welfare

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Mother Teresa, with whom Mr. Chawla had 23 years of association, met her for the second time in 1975. That particular morning, the subject on her mind was leprosy. She had come to request the then Lt. Governor of Delhi, whose secretary was Mr. Chawla at the time, for some land in the heart of the leprosy colonies of Delhi. She wanted to build a hospital and dormitories and, more importantly, engage them in activities so that they did not have to beg for a living. It has been 32 years since Mr. Chawla’s association with that colony began, more than half his life. Some of those children, many of whom are now parents themselves, have received assistance in employment opportunities in the government or in private jobs.

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For years, the nuns under Mother Teresa have been running an institution in a small township in Titagarh outside Kolkata. They have been providing proper medication to leprosy-affected patients residing there so that there aren’t any more active cases. The deep-rooted stigma in the society still exists but continues to improve with time. Such heartening efforts amply demonstrate what a single nun’s vision can do to transform lives of the downtrodden, by simply bringing them health, opportunity and dignity.