Growing up in a leprosy colony, in a large family and without a father comes with a lot of challenges. Some of the kids used to tease Somita and call her a "leprosy child". But that’s changed thanks to you.
Dukhani is part of the workforce at the Little Flower Khadi Village Leprosy Rehabilitation Center in India that spins silk, dyes the yarn and weaves it into scarves for export. She is also on the management committee of the unit representing the original members of the colony affected by leprosy.
These three sisters live in the flood-affected district of Chitwan in Nepal. Every year the rivers swells over the banks and enters the fields. But this year, was different. It "was like a dam had burst and the water would not stop", they said. The flood continued for three days straight. The girls were moved to a temporary camp but they've been there for weeks. Food has been distributed so there is enough to eat. But they want to return home.
One of the most effective ways we can protect ourselves and others from illness is with hygiene. It helps prevent the spread of diseases and protects those who are most vulnerable. In Australia, those practices are almost second nature. We frequently wash our hands. Shower often. Keep our kitchens and bathrooms clean and safe from dangerous bacteria. Our health-care workers are well trained and our medical facilities maintain strict standards. But hygiene can be difficult in countries where you mightn’t have access to the right facilities or supplies like soap, or haven’t had the right education on hygiene.
Six districts in Nepal’s south are facing massive shortages of shelter, food and clean water. Your support has assisted hundreds of people affected by the landslides and floods in Nepal. You’ve helped provide the relief of essential supplies, medical treatment and counselling—thank you!
More is a small satellite village in the Parsa district. Every day its people would make their way across the Bhograha stream. They would shop in Nichuta village where they purchased basic household supplies.