Monimala was the eldest among her siblings. Being brought up in a poor family, she was only able to study up to eighth grade.
Leprosy was the reason for Sangwan’s parents’ divorce and she never again lived with her mother. So when she was nine and began to show signs of leprosy on her arms, her father sent her to live at the McKean children’s hostel and receive treatment.
Mrs. Hazera Begum is one of the hundreds of female artisans Bonoful Handmade Paper Project has helped lift out of extreme poverty. Like many of her co-workers, Hazera comes from a very poor family and had to leave school when she was in fourth grade.
Handmade leather goods by local villagers are exported across the world through the Nepal Leprosy Trust. They provide income to people affected by leprosy, disability and those who have been marginalised by poverty and other causes.
Raj is a single dad from the historic city of Bhaktapur in Nepal. His wife left him for someone else when his son was just five years old. His son is now in year 11. He’s proud of how well his son is doing in school. Raj paints to earn an income and support his son. Pictured above is Raj with one of his paintings—a thank you card.
Dhruba went completely blind when he was only 17 years old. He was studying for his year 10 exams when his vision suddenly went dim. He went to hospital where the doctors told him he was irreversibly blind—a diagnosis that specialists in India later confirmed. Dhruba will be blind for the rest of his life. Without sight, Dhruba was unable to complete school. Working has almost been impossible. He relies on his parents to support him, his wife Devaka and his one year old child Suracha. Dhruba and his family also look after their 12 year old niece, Sabita, following her father’s death. Thankfully, your support has given a scholarship to Sabita so she can attend school.