Amar is a person affected by leprosy. He was born to a poor family in a remote village—inaccessible by roads and without electricity. When Amar turned ten, he noticed pale patches appearing on his body. His health deteriorated day by day. His family took him to traditional healers, but this didn’t help at all. A relative convinced his family to get an opinion from a doctor at least once. His parents took him to clinics throughout his district. A physician in Kathmandu suspected it was leprosy and advised Amar to seek a diagnosis at Anandaban Hospital. They followed his advice, and at last, Amar received a diagnosis: it was leprosy! He was too young to understand the implications of the diagnosis. But the expressions on the faces of his parents scared Amar—he thought he was doomed. When Amar returned from hospital, his relatives shunned him.
The New Year is a great opportunity to start supporting, or preparing to support a small project. Small projects are just smaller components of the projects that you support. They’re perfect if you want to make a bigger donation than most Gifts of Love, or would like to help raise funds with your friends. They are usually valued at somewhere between $500 and $2500, so it’s a great goal for a church group. If you would like to adopt a small project for 2018, call Pam today on 1800 537 767.
Christmas. That time of year when we traditionally celebrate the gift of God’s Son and his entry into the world. Jesus brought the Kingdom of God to all he met, especially to those who were cast out of society—neglected and vulnerable. Jesus reached out to people affected by leprosy. He healed them and called others to heal people affected by leprosy in His name. Thank you for healing people affected by leprosy and disability!
Abdus is a successful producer for HEED Handicrafts. He's been working with HEED Handicrafts in its handloom sector as a weaver for 25 years. He started work when he was 30 years old. The ECOTA Fair Trade Forum at the World Fair Trade Day a number of years ago awarded Abdus as the "best producer". The award was given in the presence of the State Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives of Bangladesh.
Indra is from Nepal. He was 13 years old when he discovered patches spreading across his skin on his back, arms and legs. He started to lose sensation in his hands and feet. His dry skin couldn’t sweat and was in danger of developing severe cracks. For three years, Indra didn’t know what would happen to him. He desperately sought out traditional healers, but they offered no help.
After several months of preparation and fundraising, and with great anticipation, we got up at 4am to go to the airport. We (Pam and Lisa) would finally be able to meet the people affected by leprosy that you’re supporting. We'd be witnessing the difference that you’re making in their lives.