Established in 1951 to help look into the welfare of leprosy sufferers, the SILRA Home provides food, lodging, recreation and healthcare services for ex-leprosy patients. It also teaches the patients some handicraft skills and rehabilitative work. Eligibility criteria are ex-leprosy sufferers who are destitute. SILRA doesn’t make a difference in religion, cultural background or age. They ensure that the (ex-leprosy) patients have the basic need of life and provide conductive programs to ensure that they live their lives to the fullest. In this SILRA promotes, helps, assists and co-ordinates or relief of persons suffering from this terrible decease. In short, SILRA brings hope, love and cheer to their residents.
With the diminishing number of leprosy cases, there are plans to eventually turn the facility into an old age home – to make efficient use of the building. Also other lesser skin diseases will be treated here. For more information, visit their website. If you’d like to volunteer you can join NCA here to support this charity.