The NGO "Nepra eV" has been providing leprosy support in Nepal since 1987. Leprosy is often associated with triple negative effect: after the physical disease comes social exclusion which ultimately leads to poverty. Therefore, Nepra pursues a holistic approach: healing, rehabilitation and resocialisation. Leprosy victims shall be enabled to lead a dignified life by helping them to help themselves.
In our joint project, 14 young women from rural regions will receive vocational training as beauticians. They come from leprosy-affected families or are themselves leprosy-disabled. The project is organised in collaboration with the Nepalese partner association IDEA.
The theoretical training takes place as a block course in Kathmandu, where the students are accommodated in a hostel. This part lasts four months. It is followed by internships as on-the-job training. Thus, the graduates are qualified to be hired by beauty salons or to start their own business as small entrepreneurs.