Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who donated to help Lily.
You may be familiar with Alfredu’s story from our current appeal. His family thought he was cursed. They were so afraid of him they abandoned him in a rundown shack for 15 years.
Did you know The Leprosy Mission is the only international organisation working with leprosy patients in Timor Leste? So your support of the ministry in this country is absolutely vital!
Face swelling... loss of sensation in his hands and feet... after several years of ill health, Joao had no idea what was happening to him. His worried wife took him to hospital... where he was diagnosed with leprosy.
It was 18 years ago when Antonio was diagnosed and treated for leprosy. But treatment came too late to save him from permanent disability. He and his wife struggled to feed and educate their 7 children.
When you have leprosy or a disability and live in poverty, your future job prospects are slim. In fact, you may lose your job because of the stigma of leprosy, or the disease may leave you unable to use your hands or walk properly. Not only that, but your children may also have trouble finishing school because your livelihood is gone and you cannot pay for books and uniforms.