Mr. Gopal (name changed) aged 55, hails from Kalava Konda village, Nellore district. His foot and hand was deformed due to leprosy, homeless and desperate, he was living at the mercy of the local community members in his village staying on the streets. The villagers were moved by his plight and supported him by providing food and clothing.
During the routine visit of DFIT team to the village, they witnessed the condition of Gopal and intervened to provide self-care training. He began to practice self-care regularly and got relieved from ulcers in his hands and feet.
The villagers came forward to support by constructing a small house for him, but could not complete it due to financial constraints. Identifying this, DFIT team recommended socio-economic support to complete the remaining construction work.
As a contribution from the community, his neighbors offered him household articles like fan, cot, mattress, pillow, kitchen utensils, rice and groceries etc to encourage him to sustain his livelihood. Local community volunteers and health staff made regular visits to ensure that Gopal followed the self-care practices regularly. DFIT facilitated him to avail disability pension and monthly ration from the Government.
The local community with the support of Damien Foundation was able to transform the life of Mr.Gopal.