You are invited to meet Kashi and hear his transformation story...
Kashi has been caring for others affected by leprosy for nearly 30 years at The Leprosy Mission Anandaban Hospital in Nepal. Binding their wounds, cleaning their ulcerated feet and treating all with compassion and love.
I met Sita at The Leprosy Mission’s Anandaban Hospital on my recent trip to Nepal. She’s just 15 years old, and now the primary carer for her 25-year-old sister.
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.
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.