Leprosy

Who we serve?

  • Those who have been affected directly by leprosy, as well as their families
  • Those whose hearts have been hardened toward the leprosy-affected

Why we do what we do?

  • Stigma has historically led to segregation of the leprosy affected and their families. In some areas, it still hinders access to essential services such as education or health care
  • We want to encourage and establish self-dependency and strong self-image in those affected
  • The leprosy-affected are often truly the poorest of the poor in China and the severity of their plight demands a strong response of love, full acceptance and care
  • We believe in demonstrating a loving response to all who are marginalized. We seek to serve and help others in their needs and distress
  • We seek to align with positive social trends and ensure that the way society interacts with the leprosy affected is transformed

What do we offer?

  • Training to those who desire to share in our love for the leprosy-affected
  • Direct care and education, including self-care for those affected
  • Access to expert advisors through training and project development
  • Community development projects in many of the villages in which those affected now live
  • Community-based rehabilitation to the leprosy affected

How do we do it?

  • Providing hands-on and classroom education to nationals to build excellence in caring for the leprosy-affected
  • Establishing projects which daily model a heart of love for the leprosy-affected
  • Building up all who are willing to work together to increase care and decrease stigma
  • Broadly demonstrating friendship and public unity with those affected, strongly modelling open acceptance
  • Establishing Self-Help Groups in villages

What has been achieved to date?

  • Thousands of those affected have been served with both physical and emotional care
  • Many communities have been developed through infrastructure, agriculture, education and medical projects
  • Acceptance of those affected has been broadly increased in every social strata
  • Quality of life has been improved for many thousands through counseling and friendship, introduction to the ‘outside world’, surgery, physical therapy, wound care, education and medicines
  • Thousands of unaffected nationals have been transformed in their heart attitudes toward the affected and hundreds have been built up and/or established in serving the needs of the affected
  • More than 5600 people have participated in stigma reduction behavioral change activities