Nagajothi's journey has been a difficult one. Diagnosed with leprosy at just 14 years old, she faced rejection and stigma from her community. Her family lived in a small makeshift home in India, and her mother worked long hours rolling firecrackers just to make ends meet. However, despite all of these challenges, Nagajothi never gave up.
Thanks to the work of organisations like The Leprosy Mission Australia, Nagajothi was able to pursue her dreams of becoming an electrician. She enrolled in the Vadathorasalur Vocational Training Centre (VTC), where she received the education and training she needed to succeed.
At first, Nagajothi chose electrical training simply because it was in high demand in her area. But, as she continued studying, she found her passion for it. She even impressed her family when she visited home and fixed the lights and electrical sockets herself. Her mother was so proud of her, and Nagajothi knew that she was on the right path.
Now, at the age of only 18 years old, Nagajothi sees a brighter future for herself. She wants to become a self-employed electrician and she plans to get a government job first. She wants to encourage other young people with leprosy, particularly young women, to pursue their dreams and show them that anything is possible.
Nagajothi's story is a testament to the power of education and the strength of the human spirit. No matter what obstacles we face, we can always find a way to overcome them. When we support each other, we can achieve truly amazing things.
Nagajothi's journey is also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done, leprosy is still a major problem in India and around the world. Many people living with leprosy face discrimination and stigma, and they struggle to access the care and resources they need. Organisations like The Leprosy Mission are working to change that, but they need our support.
You can make a difference in the lives of people like Nagajothi, your support helps eradicate leprosy and provide education and training to those affected by it.
Break down the barriers that prevent them from living full and meaningful lives today. Leprosy ends with you! 💕