In Papua New Guinea, Rawali is a typical example of how poverty stops someone from getting the help they need... until someone like you makes it possible!
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.
Abdus is a successful producer for HEED Handicrafts. He's been working with HEED Handicrafts in its handloom sector as a weaver for 25 years. He started work when he was 30 years old. The ECOTA Fair Trade Forum at the World Fair Trade Day a number of years ago awarded Abdus as the "best producer". The award was given in the presence of the State Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives of Bangladesh.
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.
Uttam Kumar Paul is 60 years old and works in his father’s business with his three brothers. Shariatpur district, where he lives, is in southern part of Bangladesh. Most of the people in his village are traditional potters producing a variety of clay and terracotta items.
Aliyu has a peculiar growth on his leg which has been growing since he was an infant. Abubacca, Aliyu’s father, decided to publicise Aliyu’s condition in the local media around six years ago, when local doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis. Abubacca printed a picture in the local newspaper and made announcements on the radio. Eventually, after Aliyu attended a university hospital in Sokoto, the hospital staff determined that the growth was cancer. Abubacca was devastated as treatment, which he did not want his son to go through, would cost AUD$6,900. After further discussions, it became clear that Aliyu’s diagnosis was inconclusive as no blood samples or biopsies were taken when Aliyu and Abubacca visited two years ago.