By Philip Hamilton
Do you remember Maimuna in Nigeria? She has just given birth to a son. His name is ‘Abubakar’, after his father. What a blessing!
Paul and I met up with Maimuna on our recent trip. The ulcer on her left foot has healed now too. She has been diligent with the self-care treatment she was taught. Thanks to your support!
She is still enjoying using the new prosthetic leg you provided for her through The Leprosy Mission at the Orthopaedic workshop in Minna. You may recall her previous one was damaged fleeing armed bandits.
She told me; “I am enjoying my new prosthetic leg a lot! I can even do farming now!” Thank you!
Her family is benefiting because she is part of a Leprosy Mission Self-Help Group. Each of the 30 members contributes money which is then shared as a low interest loan between group members.
Maimuna joined the group after her first husband was killed during an attack by armed bandits on her home village. She was able to purchase a goat and it gave birth to 4 kids! Maimuna reared them and sold them for a profit. With this, she purchased grain. She has now even paid off her loan!
Maimuna told me, “Being part of The Leprosy Mission Self-Help Group has meant I was able to support my five children through goat-rearing after my (first) husband was killed”.
Thank you for your support.
Maimuna and her husband have decided they will not return to her village permanently. It is too dangerous. Recently armed bandits attacked again, and she lost her uncle and cousin. Now 8 of her family members have died through these attacks. Still, some of her family remain there.
Despite this, Maimuna counts her blessings. Her message to you was; “Thank you for your continued support of The Leprosy Mission’s work here in Zamfara. May God continue to encourage you, and my prayers are with you.”
Our prayers are with you too, Maimuna.
For more information or to support the work of The Leprosy Mission in Nigeria financially, please donate by calling: FREECALL 1800 LEPROSY (1800 537 767) or go to: https://www.leprosymission.org.au/project/nigeria