Spiritual nurturing is the main core value of Velemegna society since its inception in 1968. Joseph is the chaplain in Dr. Salins Eye hospital and nurtures the staff and patients spiritually. In addition we support 7 social workers financially to run their community centres.
Our ongoing activities – including the education of the children – have shown remarkable progress in all areas. Even if progress is slow and painstaking, our sincere hope is to see this trend continueSewing and tailoring skills provide a means for the women of NJLC to support themselves and their families. In 2010 we distributed seven sewing machines to those who had completed their training. Seven new women are currently being trained in sewing and tailoring. In the next few years the families of these leprosy patients who are healthy should be integrated into normal society. Our ongoing activities – including the education of the children – have shown remarkable progress in all areas. Even if progress is slow and painstaking, our sincere hope is to see this trend continue
In addition to the Vocational Training program and the Nav Jeevan Children’s Home, Velemegna has several new initiatives we hope will benefit the residents of NJLC.
In 2010, we started four self-help groups at NJLC and also formed a Cooperative Society so that both Velemegna and NJLC residents jointly contribute to maintain the village (street lights, watchman, garden, repairs etc.)
We support 20 social workers who help us in our eye work, social programs like school eye screening, breast cancer awareness program and other survey work. They motivate patients to come for eye surgery and also guide the people in the community through counselling.
We started 2 vision centres in Aurad and Mannekheli in 2014
Bsc Optometry College
In 2015 we started the Bsc Optometry course in affiliation with Rajeev Gandhi university if health sciences, Bangalore. http://www.ssalinscollegeofoptometry.co.in/
Nav Jeevan Children’s Home
In June 2008, we started the children’s home with twelve children from the Nav Jeevan Leprosy Colony. Since then they have all improved physically, spiritually, academically and socially. Today there are twenty five children, all of whom go to school and live in a healthy environment.
Since 2010 we have started the construction 4 community centres in Bidar and Chincholi talukas (Jaknal, Goudanahalli, Kodumpur and Maroor. These centres are looked after by the social workers that Velemegna supports.