Damien Foundation believes that Socio-Economic Rehabilitation under Livelihood Enhancement Programme (LEP) which is one of the essential components for a holistic rehabilitation for persons affected by leprosy and TB. DFIT has so far extended LEP support to around 5000 needy persons in 8 states since the year 2007.
The LEP support of DFIT has evolved over years, creating impacts on the individuals, families and the communities at large. The programme has not only boosted the self-esteem of the individual, self- worth and dignity, but has created ripple effects of taking these benefits to the family and community members at large.
The LEP support is provided for house construction / renovation, livestock development, small business support for income generation, educational assistance to the children or persons affected by leprosy and providing scope for self-employment opportunities. The beneficiaries for the programs are identified by the DFIT field team who are in direct contact with them. After implementing the LEP support the DFIT teams and volunteers monitor and provide guidance accordingly.