Annual Report 2007-2008

annual-reportDear Well Wishers and Benefactors,

It gives me great pleasure to present the Annual_Report_2008 of Lok Seva Sangam which is in its 32nd year. Lok Seva Sangam has for the past two years been also associated with the treatment of Tuberculosis. We have achieved a diagnosis rate of positivity of 11.6 %– 17%, well above the 4%-5% required rate. Our cure rate has increased from 72% – 75% and we have a minimum number of defaulters thanks to our dedicated paramedical team. 


For those to whom the cause of leprosy is still very dear, I wish to say that we have not given up on leprosy patients.  This year our case detection increased because of sample surveys conducted in high endemic areas and statistics showed that we had detected more child cases proving that leprosy is still not a disease of the past and requires our attention to stop its spread in the future. Integration with the public health system has only reduced the numbers on paper. For Lok Seva Sangam it is a priority to see that no leprosy case goes undetected or untreated and hence we have continued with our dermatological clinics which still prove extremely beneficial in the detection of new cases.


The community development project that we started a year ago has yielded good results. There were no outbreaks of dengue and chikunguinea this year because of the outreach programmes organized by the self help groups. Income generating activities benefitted all those who wished to participate.


In conclusion, we have had a successful year. This makes us strive harder to reach the unreached and we can only do so with your valuable support.


We owe our continued existence to our Funding Agencies and donors:

  • German Leprosy and TB Relief Association (GLRA) and
  • Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau,
  • Inter Aide France
  • Swiss-Emmaus
  • Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere (PIME)
  • School for Children (Dr. Filippo Binaghi, Helen Nonini, Lara Meroni)
  • Antonio Santa Maria, Fabio Lucheroni and Patrizia Costa
  • And all our local and foreign donors.

Our grateful thanks to the BMC, Dr. Badra, Nirmaya Foundation, Apnalaya and Dr. Anjum Khan for allowing us the use of their premises free of cost and also to Fabio Lucheroni for setting up and updating the website of Lok Seva Sangam (LSS). It is with your help that we have been able to make this outreach programme of ours a resounding success.


As Lok Seva Sangam has always been an inclusive project we wished to reflect this in our report and hence this year’s report has been written by the heads of the different departments involved.


Thank you very much!


Paul Alemao






The Management and Staff of Lok Seva Sangam wish all the benefactors and well wishers A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI!!!  Thank you for supporting our activities

Rangoli made by the self help group of the Swiss Emmaus - LSS Community Project
Rangoli made by the self help group of the Swiss Emmaus - LSS Community Project

Cut&Stitch and Punto a capo!!!

Good news for the Cut&Stitch project!!!

Cut&Stitch has joined another project: Punto a capo, by Pat Carra.

Pat Carra, a very well known artist from Milan, has been creating strips about women and other society-related issues for more than twenty years. Some time ago she came up with the idea of printing her cartoons on fabric.


Thanks to the long-standing friendship between Pat Carra and Patrizia Costa, who talked to Pat about the activities of LSS and the new project Cut&Stitch, it was decided to put together Pat’s artistic and intellectual work with the technical and practical work of other women, sewers and embroiders.


An old dream came true, with all the actors acting the same play in a coordinate manner.


In Milan, Pat Carra creates and prepares the drawings. In Milan and in Mumbai, Patrizia Costa chooses the fabrics and the materials. Other friends give ideas and suggestions. In Mumbai, Ethel d’Souza and the women of Cut&Stitch embroid and stitch the shopping bags.


From Italy to India, different women work and produce earnings, earn more individual freedom and get good spirit for all!!!


For information about the Cut&Stitch project, please contact:



Cut and stitch – an empowerment project



LSS is now intensifying the activity of the workshops, as they are having a more and more important role within the global project of the organization: the proceeds are addressed partly to the people who take part in the workshop, partly to other activities of LSS. A circle of positive energies and resources that go, come and split.

But LSS has educative goals, not economic: through an intense training, LSS wants to develop the self esteem, the confidence in themselves, in the people that are involved in the different projects. To participate in a workshop, to assume responsibility, to respect a commitment, to be able to create a good, well done  product: all these elements  bring not only money, but confidence and trust in oneself, in one’s ability: that is, in one word, empowerment. We have to feed the spirit, not only the body..


This workshop, already active in the past, is now increasing its role. The idea is to create shopping bags, table mats, folders, that are printed in an outside centre, then embroidered and stitched in the workshop.

The aim is to offer a handicraft that can be ordered in a certain quantity by firms, restaurants, schools, and so forth, for private or public events. The items are personalized with a logo, that is embroidered in some details. The embroidery plus the logo is the speciality of the product.



The women involved in the project are now small in number, but they will hopefully grow in accordance with the achieved orders.


As for other workshops, the women working in the project will receive some money for each item. Whereas a part of the proceeds will be spent for buying the materials, in order to prepare samples to show to the new customers and to improve women’s abilities, the main part will be utilized to sponsor LSS no-productive activities (the educational projects, for instance).


Moreover, a small amount of money will be invested to organize training classes (at least two per year) so that the women can improve their abilities in cutting and stitching, or learn other kinds of handicraft.


The workshop needs some time to organize its activities, based on the number of pieces requested. Based upon the first contact with the potential customer, an estimation of costs and time needed to fulfil the order will be provided.  As the order is formalized, the costumer will give 50% of the total amount as down-payment, so that materials can be bought and women can be activated.  We underline that, since the proceeds are used within the NGO, a cancellation of the order will cause no refund.


Every item will have a label with a short description of the Project, LSS and its activities.


Coordinator of the project is Ethel D’Souza (mobile: + 91 98 9258 8712; e-mail: For information and assistance in Italian: Patrizia Costa (mobile: India + 91 98 2086-1849; Italy +39 338 220-5989; e-mail:



Anti-Leprosy Week – January/February 2008


As usual, Lok Seva Sangam finalized the yearly Anti-Leprosy Week with the Community Group Project of Baingawadi. The whole programme was conducted with a view to generate awareness among the masses that Leprosy is a completely curable disease and that one should without any fear of being stigmatized, immediately approach the nearest Municipal Dispensary for treatment. As a immediate result, there has been a slow and steady voluntary inflow of leprosy suspects to all our dispensaries and more will come in. The major share of the credit for the resounding success of the Anti Leprosy Week Programme goes to members of the Self Help Group, as without their co operation and contribution nothing would have been possible. Herewith below is the relevant programme carried on: 

30.01.2008 – ANTI LEPROSY RALLY  A Rally was flagged off from the Bainganwadi Community Development to Rafiq Nagar. Departmental Medical Officer Dr (Mrs) Lokhande of Baiganwadi Health Post inaugurated the Anti-Leprosy Week Programme.  She joined the Rally along with 100 students of Rose High School, LSS’ School for Children students and the Self Help Group members. Pamphlets were distributed along the way and Slogans shouted out, in order to bring awareness amongst the people about Leprosy. 

31.01.2008 and 2.2.08 – EXHIBITIONS ON LEPROSY 

An Exhibition was held on 31st January 2008 at the Shiv Sena Branch office, Nr. Old Bus Depot, Baiganwadi and near Dr. M. S. Kini’s Clinic, Shivaji Nagar. As mentioned earlier, the Anti Leprosy week is based on Leprosy awareness, so that people should understand the proper causes and effects of this disease, avoid neglecting the signs and symptoms of the disease and acknowledge the importance of hygiene. Information that the disease is completely curable with proper and timely treatment was conveyed through the exhibits. 


During Anti Leprosy week a seminar was conducted for the people residing in Nirankari Bhavan and Plot no. 8, D – Line, Baiganwadi, briefing them about Leprosy, the cost of the disease, the symptoms and the precaution to be taken for the same.  

04.02.2008 – STREET PLAY 

A  Street play was enacted on 4th February 2008 at Nr. Sanjay Nagar municipal school, Baiganwadi, to bring about social awareness and also to improve the standard of living of the people residing there. Pamphlet’s of information on Leprosy were also distributed by members of the Self Help Groups, so that awareness about Leprosy would be generated. 


The whole day was spent distributing Pamphlets of information on Leprosy and Leprosy clinics of Lok Seva Sangam to the private practitioners of Baiganwadi by members Self Help Group.  

LSS 2007 Christmas Party: a very Happy Day!


There were almost 250 children and more than 50 adults present at the function and our guests Fabio and Patrizia added glamour and meaning to our show. Each Balwadi entertained and regaled the others with various skits: the Christmas Story, the Polio Virus and the the Deaf Servant.

No programme is complete unless it has music! The Balwadi children performed various songs and dance items impressing the audience and keeping them enthralled for almost two hours. The children of Everald added their beautiful voices under the guidance of Flory and Augustine Rebello.

Finally, Santa Claus jiingled his way in distributing sweets to all and sundry much to the amusement of the children, The Everard Welfare Society also arranged for a slide, so that these slum children could enjoy themselves fully. All went home happy and fulfilled!