Leprosy Patients and their families
Leprosy patients live in colonies with their families, suffering social ostracism and neglect. Despite their children and family members being healthy, they still bear the stigma of being a leprosy patient’s kin. Their colonies were just groups of huts with no sanitation, electricity, water supply or proper roads. The children lacked access to education as their parents were not welcome at schools because of their disease. After two decades of working among them the community has gone through a societal transformation.
Gypsy ( Narikoravar) Communities
Gypsies( Narikoravar) are nomadic hunters who used to hunt small game in the forests. Urbanisation and reduction of forests and scrub led to their living in filthy colonies in the outskirts of cities, foraging for food in the refuse bins of restaurants. They are barely tolerated and branded as thieves. Their social customs, language and habits are very different from that of the mainstream of society which has further isolated them. Their children never went to school and they were resigned to the vicious cycle of illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and despair
India is a land of many villages. Among these are some which are inhabited by the very poor, the daily wage earners and the illiterates. These people need education for their children and employable skills for their young women. The children drop out of school after grade 5 as they lack parental support with their after school home study because they are mostly first generation schoolgoers.
Inmates of Chennai prisons and their families
While the law punishes the perpetrator for his or her crime, society punishes not only the perpetrator of the crime but the family too. Often as the prisoner is the bread winner, the family has to suffer further hardships and an uncertain future. Children are forced to drop out of school or college. Prisoners find their families forsaking them, blaming the family’s difficulties on the prisoner. Where the prisoner is poor or lacks adequate knowledge, they are often at a disadvantage in obtaining their just rights. Isolated from their families, some are impacted mentally and psychologically and need specialized attention.
Children of released bonded labour
Bonded labour is a form of modern slavery where people sell their services for the loans they can never afford to repay because of the usurious interests. The poor and the unemployed rural communities are most affected by this. When parents are forced into such servitude, the entire family is also brought into the clutches of these heartless people. The children also work and often the women and young girls are subject to abuse. Krupa works with an organisation that releases bonded labour and provides shelter and sustenance for the children as the parents can barely eke out a living.