Mina – Running for New Hope

Mina – Running for New Hope

I have lifted some basic text from the New Hope website to explain their work, their key statement being; We work for change – to change the quality of living of the poorest people in the communities where we work – an open door policy that is hinged on compassion.

Mina – Running for New Hope

Eliazar Rose is one of the original founders of New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust. Both he and his wife Ruth come from very humble backgrounds. Both their parents suffered from Leprosy and have consequently experienced the horror of being ostracized from society. Those with Leprosy were forced to live in colonies, which in the 1950’s was horrendous and without real anti Leprosy drugs. Eliazar was painfully aware of the shame and rejection suffered by his parents and from an early age he resolved to fight both the disease and its stigma.

While still a teenager he trained as a Boilermaker at the Institute of Indian Technology but never took up the trade, preferring to work in a Leprosy colony gaining wide experience in medical and laboratory techniques and gaining registration as a Medical Practitioner in the field of Leprosy.

Mina – Running for New Hope

In 1985, he and three like minded young Indians founded the New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust to fight Leprosy, poverty, literacy and many other challenges facing the poorest state of Orissa in India. Eliazar chose to base New Hope Trust in the state of Orissa in a Tribal area known as the Koraput District.

In 2000 Eliazar was awarded the prestigious Indian Prabhakarji Award by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation in New Delhi. In 2005 he received the internationally acclaimed American ‘Damien Dutton Society Award’ for service to the leprosy affected communities over the last 25 years. The Gandhi Memorial Foundation appointed him to their Board this year. Eliazar and Ruth have both been recognized by Rotary International with the Paul Harris Fellowship award.

Mina – Running for New Hope

Eliazar Rose is an accomplished speaker and ambassador for many causes. He is respected by all and loved by thousands of Leprosy patients and children on the Eastern sea board of India. After the Tsunami hit south India on Boxing Day 2004, Eliazar again stretched out his hand to help the widows and orphans left by this terrible disaster.

Mina – Running for New Hope

The ‘Core’ of New Hope’s work is the care of those affected with leprosy. It is true that the number of new cases is declining and that is the most wonderful news but…… there is still an aftermath of grossly deformed young and old people. The young need corrective surgery to enter into vocational training and become self sufficient through employment. The old people who have survived a life time of begging are in need of medical and custodian care. It is true that the bacterial spread is being reduced, or ‘eradicated’ as the World Health Organisation quotes. But those who have been cured, who are deformed, who survive by begging, live for years with ulcers and no real medical care are still with us – everywhere – in Leprosy colonies.
We are hopefully seeing the last decade of leprosy but we have on the horizon the AIDS horror. The children are the innocent victims in this disaster. Our aim is to help them.

Mina – Running for New Hope

Mina - Running for New Hope

Mina – Running for New Hope

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I first met Eliazar and Ruth whilst working for Comic Relief on the Sport Relief campaign in 2006, I was completely inspired by the speech he gave staff about the work of New Hope and both his and Ruth’s humbleness and quiet dignity. I wrote down their email address and finally got in touch in 2010 after I had retrained as a teacher and felt I could offer a skill by visiting their New Hope community in India.

For more information about this incredible charity, and to see photos of their many different projects. contact us

Mina – Running for New Hope

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One Response to Mina – Running for New Hope

  1. Vasu Gabriel says:

    Dear Mina,
    Greetings.
    We all appreciate , for your idea of helping the girls are with in New Hope

    We admire you for the strong commitment.

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