Since its founding, Sarva has directed its focus on three slum leprosy colonies near India’s northern border with Nepal. Projects have included:
The building of a wall, 1,400-feet in length, to enclose a colony, at their request. This has enabled the community to grow their own vegetables and establish a new level of self-sufficiency, which had previously been impossible for them. This new confidence inspired this colony to explore new projects for themselves, such as collecting and selling scrap metal, pooling the money and building two little one-room houses, which they now let to other slum residents in order to produce a communal income.
Provision of all the medicines and dressings they require. This has given them independence from the slum mafia’s abominable and abusive ‘protection racket’, which has long controlled and limited their access to proper medical attention.
Provision of clean water through a deep-bore well. This functions at the push of a button, rather than the heavy pump handles, which many people affected by leprosy are unable to work due to the loss of the use of their hands.
Repayment of the loans of a hard-working widowed mother of five, enabling her to bring them all home from the local ‘orphanage’. In addition, funding has been provided for the education of her two sons and three daughters.
The rebuilding of all three colonies to provide safe housing, each with their own clean water supplies and sewage systems. This was undertaken with the support of the State Secretary for Health and thereby with government funding from Delhi.