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