In 2021, Irish charity SERVE worked with 11 partners in 8 countries. In Ireland, we also launched a new volunteering programme and a SDG education programme for schools. Despite the pandemic, SERVE has received generous public donations to continue its work that contributes to the Global Goals.
Sumanahalli is a leprosy and HIV rehabilitation centre in Bangalore. SERVE has worked Sumanahalli since 2005.
The Sumanahalli centre was established in 1978 and its initial objective was to establish an organisation that would help treat and rehabilitate those suffering with leprosy in and around Bangalore. Sumanahalli is working in a number of areas in Bangalore and provides MDT drugs free of cost to leprosy sufferers. Sumanahalli also provides education, vocational training and life-skills training to leprosy patients who have been excluded from mainstream society. Sumanahalli also works closely with communities to tackle stigma and ignorance around the issue of leprosy.
Sumanahalli centre works to fully integrate those who have been affected with leprosy into mainstream society through treatment, education and employment.
In order to develop employment prospects they also actively educate and engage in skills training. Sumanahalli has established three manufacturing units which produce candles, leather goods and garments which are sold overseas.
Sumanahalli also provides services for those with HIV by providing both ART treatment/rehabilitation and life-skills training for people under its care.