It was an eye opening experience for our 7th graders when we took them to Shanti Kusth Leprosy Colony for #socialjusticeday . Shanti Kusth is very close to LDA, and we wanted to share with our kids how it’s possible to be isolated and ostracised even within a community. We gave fruits and snacks to the 16 families of Shanti Kusth. Our kids asked them why they lived in a separate area, if they had families, and where their families were – meaning, why weren’t those families taking care of their relatives? Some of the residents became very emotional, crying and telling our students how they had contracted leprosy at a time when it was a terrible stigma. They were forced from their homes because their families didn’t want them. A few of them said that some family members will occasionally visit them, and others said that their family members work far away so can only visit them once in a while.
When we returned to LDA, we gave our kids some snacks. Many of our kids don’t know the history of the area where they live; they’re unaware that originally it was a safe haven for people from all over the Indian subcontinent who were affected by leprosy, who were ostracised from their families, and forcibly removed from their homes and villages. Our kids haven’t grown up in a society that stigmatises leprosy to the degree it used to be. We’re thankful that we’ve been able to be part of that change, and grateful that our kids can grow up in a less stigmatised community.
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