As daughters of beggars, daily wage labors and small shopkeepers their children especially girls have been subjected to various monetary and societal strains of the conventional family. They belong to very poor socio economic backgrounds. Due to lack of monetary resources these girls had no opportunities for higher education and were being forced to marry. Their families cannot afford to send them to nursing schools, not even if they could borrow the funds. In 2011, SILF started its Nursing Scholarship program for empowering girls from leprosy affected families to make them socially and economically independent. The scholarship provides them a chance to break out of this and become productive members of society, to get self-confidence and dignity.