News — April 11, 2017
JCI India: A Nippon Foundation Grantee Story of Impact
During the 2015 JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan, nearly 120 JCI National Organizations endorsed the Nippon Foundation’s 2016 Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against Peopled Affected by Leprosy. Beyond bringing awareness to JCI’s young active citizens, the appeal encourages projects to be conducted in countries where leprosy still exists in order to create measurable results of impact achieved toward eliminating discrimination.
JCI Brazil, JCI India, JCI Indonesia and JCI Nigeria have taken this appeal seriously,
and with the support of the Nippon Foundation these organizations are creatively and passionately bringing awareness to this issue of stigmatization as well as changing the landscape of their countries.
JCI India began taking action by developing a comprehensive course in partnership with the Association of People Affected by Leprosy (APAL) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to educate youth about leprosy as well as supply them with the skills to educate others. The course focuses on understanding the disease, medical treatment and other methods for helping people affected by leprosy as well as issues regarding human rights. The course is tailored to the context of leprosy in India and
empowers young people to realize the role they must play in ending discrimination for people affected by leprosy by educating those in their community.
Since the start of the project, JCI India has developed 50 trainers who are now certified to administer the three-hour course in classes throughout six states of India where leprosy is still an endemic. At the end of the course, students are also given a certification and take an oath to end discrimination against people affected by leprosy.
Thus far, JCI India has conducted these trainings at secondary schools across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
JCI India is continuing the training of young people to understand and support those affected by leprosy as well as work toward ending the discrimination and challenges they face. Through project monitoring and evaluation, they will measure the impact and actions taken by their nation’s young people in India to affect change.
The Nippon Foundation has provided JCI Organizations around the world with the opportunity to take leadership in empowering young active citizens to better understand the challenges of people affected by leprosy face and how to advocate for ending discrimination against them.