350 old and infirm people,
including cured leprosy patients - and those without any
family to care for them - are given a weekly 'pension' by RTU.
State provision for the elderly is beginning to be
made available in India, and there are obligations
on children to care for their parents. RTU focuses
on those who have no or minimal provision, who may not survive without
chronically ill with TB, or are cured leprosy
patients who still often face the problem of
rejection and isolation in their communities.
Several dozen of these people, who live close to the
RTU campus, also receive a daily meal from the
kitchens which provide food for over 1500 school
Every year (before
the Divali festival) a set of clothes are provided
to them all.
It costs just £8
per month to provide this care to one elderly