The Rotary Club of Delhi South (RCDS) has taken a significant step towards empowering leprosy patients and their families in Delhi NCR. In collaboration with Lepra and Assets Care and Reconstruction Enterprise Ltd (ACRE), RCDS has launched an on-grid solar power plant at the Mother Teresa Home in Tahirpur, Delhi. The project, which aims to provide a sustainable source of energy for the patients and improve their quality of life, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, who also distributed tricycles to the patients.
Leprosy, a curable yet misunderstood disease, is still prevalent globally, with India accounting for 54% of the new cases detected in 2020-21. RCDS, with its partners, uses a multi-pronged approach to create awareness, improve medical care, and dispel social stigma surrounding the disease. The Leprosy Control Project, started in 2019, has been consistently working 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 the patients, which will help them lead a more comfortable and independent life. With this green initiative, RCDS is not only supporting the cause of leprosy patients but also making significant progress towards a leprosy-free India.
The RCDS has set an excellent example for other organizations to follow in their endeavor to improve the quality of life for marginalized communities. The initiative highlights the crucial role of sustainable energy solutions in improving the health and well-being of society’s most vulnerable groups.