People with leprosy are sent to isolated places without families or friends to support them emotionally of physically. They are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to leprosy villages and provide medical, living, and psychological assistance.
On 5th November, we arrived at Yangjuangou. The beautiful scenery unfolded before us.
We were all delighted by the fully blossomed flowers.
Look, the two friendly seniors are waiting for us!
Teacher Liang told us she always found that some people chose to leave the village quietly.
Except for the aunt and uncle who have festers on their feet, the others are in good condition now. As the village’s water supply has been temporarily stopped, we could only use mineral water to clean their wounds.
The aunt felt very uncomfortable with using the ointment, so her ulcer got worse. But we still convinced her to use the ointment while changing her wound. This aunt is very lucky to have a very filial daughter-in-law. She is very nice to her and her husband and helps them with housework.
Baocai became silent after his mother left the family. It is difficult for him to go to school because he comes from the leprosy village. Though he could go to school eventually, he still faced lots of difficulties. The only income of the family is 800 yuan minimum living allowance of the grandparents, but it is not enough for Baocai's tuition. Now the biggest concern of the grandparents is Baocai's education.
Xiaoli is taking the grandpa’s pulse, and he is good at acupuncture. Look, he put needles in for the grandpa!
It is the end of our trip. We sincerely thank Transparent Fish Fund for supporting the leprosy program, and we also thank Liang Ping for letting us know about more leprosy patients so we could become friends with them.
Here, I want to finish this blog by words of Teacher Liang Ping: "Every time I see them, I feel like going back home." Thank you, Teacher Liang!
Original Article written by Liang Ping, translated by Shi Shi Ma, edited by US interns Lauren Kam and Emily Cheng.
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