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New SADLE

New SADLE

New Skill and Development Learning Experience (New SADLE) is a not-for-profit organization that offers training and employment to approximately 650 artisans, 60% of whom have leprosy, polio, or other disabilities, and 40% of whom are healthy but socially disadvantaged. Most New SADLE artisans are illiterate and nearly half were previously forced to beg for a living. Women make up 70 percent of New SADLE artisans. Unlike other organizations, New SADLE sends treated individuals back to their hometowns where they are provided with housing, schooling and job opportunities. In this way, the organization hopes to break down the stigma and isolation associated with leprosy. Artisans receive free medical assistance, rent allowance, day care, and schooling up to grade 12 for their children.