The world may never have another Mother Teresa but it has surely motivated and inspired many leaders of her caliber. The grace a woman possesses may make her look emotional but she has the most firm determination to tackle several problems. Needless to say, our country boasts of many such women who, despite facing numerous struggles and odds, have successfully reached their zenith of success.
There are plenty of people in our society who have done exceptional and extraordinary work, making a positive impact on the society and bringing about a reform. They have taken exemplary steps for the betterment of the needy and the deprived. Setting such an example is Kabita Bhattarai. Born to a high caste Brahmin family in Nepal, Kabita is a lone campaigner and crusader in the battle against leprosy. Astonishingly, more than 54 percent of the leprosy cases worldwide are reported in India. A survey conducted reveals that there are more than 1.5 lakh leprosy patients in India. No matter how much our nation is progressing and developing, there are still plenty of people in our society that consider those suffering leprosy as untouchables’ and are force them to live in isolation and exclude them socially.
We may find very few individuals, who would venture close to a leper, leave alone and tend to care. A woman who is working relentlessly to fight this is Kabita Bhattarai. Kabita has set up an ashram near the Nepal-Bihar border to treat patients suffering leprosy for free. Till date, she has treated more than half a million leprosy patients in her ashram. The 240-bed leprosy hospital is the home to several leprosy patients. The patients are treated with utmost love and affection by Kabita. Kabita also manages more than 21 leprosy colonies all over India. Kabita Bhattarai works with an organization named ‘Little Flower’ that treats and supports the patients suffering from leprosy. Little Flower organization lends a helping hand to the leper patients and makes them independent so that they can sustain in their lives. All the patients in her hospital are treated free of cost and not even a single penny is charged for their treatment. However, in return, the patients are asked to work at the various hospitals, dairy farms and fields owned by Little Flower. The family members of the leper patients voluntarily lend support to Little Flower with different kinds of work.
The government of Nepal also offered Kabita Bhattarai a chance to head a ministry, but she declined it so that she could serve the leper patients. The Little Flower organization does not pay Kabita, but her compassion for humanity makes her work day and night to improve the conditions of the leprosy patients and embrace them. Kabita is also acknowledged for providing free education to more than one thousand children. Kabita gets around more than 50 people suffering leprosy in her hospital every day. She treats each one of them with selflessness.
The challenges Kabita has undertaken are extremely appreciable and her efforts to fight leprosy are commendable. Ironically, the Indian government declared India to be a leprosy-free country in the year 2005. A modern Mother Teresa, Kabita Bhattarai is surely an inspiration to many people, especially women. Kabita Bhattarai’s dedication and heroic work have been recognized all over the world. Kabita has taught the society to shun away their apprehensions with respect to the leprosy patients.