Manav Sadhna has been collaborating with the Gandhi Leprosy Seva Sangh (aka Loving Community) since 2008, helping this small community of leprosy patients and their family members continue to develop in a positive, uplifting way.
The leprosy disease carries a severe social stigma, not only within society but also on the family level.
The original settlers of the community were forced to flee native villages (mostly from South India), either because they felt they would shame their families if they stayed or, in some cases, faced danger (e.g., being burned alive). Because of the physical impact of the disease and the common belief that it can be spread easily, leprosy patients have a near impossible time finding employment and so typically turn to begging to earn a living.
The Gandhi Leprosy Seva Sangh was founded in 1975 in Ahmedabad as a refuge for these people who had been outcast by society. A place they could call home and live with a sense of dignity, peace, and solidarity.
All who visit the Loving Community are typically moved by its loving spirit, it is a place where the heart opens. We find it amazing how embracing and warm its residents are, considering the exclusion they have faced.
"To say that a single human being, because of his birth, becomes an untouchable, unapproachable, or invisible, is to deny God." — Gandhiji