As part of Stepacross CIC commitment to helping others we have developed a relationship with the New Hope Rural leprosy Trust and make donations to fund the essential work of the charity.
Stepacross currently supports New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust India by sponsoring Indira.
This is her story:
"My name is Indira, I am 19 years old and I came to New Hope when I was very young after being orphaned. I found adjusting hard but always found contentment in sewing. Thanks to Stepacross sponsoring me through the New Hope apprentice scheme I have been able to buy my own sewing machine and enrol in tailoring training. I return home to New Hope during my holidays and I love to teach the older girls how to sew!"
We encourage other businesses to sponsor an apprentice in the same way we've done it.
Here is a link to the sponsorship pack: http://stepacross.org.uk/stepacross-resources/category/4-new-hope
New Hope was established originally to help those suffering from leprosy but since its work has expanded to include tribal people in general, street children and victims of 'natural' disasters.
Since its foundation New Hope has carried out health inspections on over one million people in western Orissa. Over 6,000 people have been identified with leprosy and most have received treatment. Over 5,000 have been cured. About 400 are currently being treated at their Centre in Muniguda. New Hope also has homes for old people, disabled children and for street children.
Stepacross CIC meet the founder and director of
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust
Mr Eliazar Rose along with the
Mayor of Southampton and other social
activists and supporters of the charity
Now in 2015, Stepacross sponsor Sai, a 17 year old who is training to be an electrician. To view his profile click here