By Preeti Maharjan
Research Officer & Volunteer
In Nepal, I used to be involved in providing comprehensive care for people affected by leprosy. So, I knew about The Leprosy Mission Australia (TLMA) and its continuous support to The Leprosy Mission in Nepal (TLMN). I knew I wanted to be involved with TLMA when I first arrived here to study in January 2019. The TLMA office in Melbourne linked me with the Adelaide volunteering team and there was no looking back…
It has been incredibly inspiring to personally meet people in Australia who regularly support people in need through donations and prayers. I have met many of you while participating in different activities such as talks at luncheons, churches and the Adelaide University Rotaract club. I also filmed videos and spoke on radio. I am so pleased that I could share my experiences of working at TLMN and how TLMN supports leprosy-affected people through the help of generous people in Australia like you. Especially during the challenges of COVID-19. (Nepal is still very much struggling with the effects of the pandemic, so your support is invaluable.)
Thank you for all your support for people affected by leprosy in Nepal. We couldn’t do it without you!
I’ve had two different roles in two countries, but it was good to see that no matter which Leprosy Mission you work with, everyone works towards the same goal of providing comprehensive hospital care to people affected by leprosy and improving their quality of life through community rehabilitation programmes, self-help groups and microfinance.
This experience has been very fulfilling for me. I always want to help people in need, and in Australia I could do that through my volunteering and community engagement. I found people here very helping, caring, and giving. The TLMA volunteer team and staff I worked with were also really welcoming, loving, caring, and supported me throughout.
A big thank you particularly to The Leprosy Mission Australia South Australia state representatives David, Jenny, Joan, and board member Angeline for your support. And for introducing me to the Aussie culture, a variety of international cuisines, and taking me to so many beautiful places.
The friendship and fellowship I share with Australian people is highly valuable and this experience will remain with me forever. Thank you and God bless you!