People with leprosy are sent to isolated villages where they are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a special place in its heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to villages plagued with leprosy in order to provide medical, living, and psychological assistance. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry is located in Kunming, Yunnan.
August is the rainy season which makes it rather difficult to visit isolated villages plagued with leprosy in the mountains, especially if you do not have a proper vehicle.
On August 3rd, Andrey, a volunteer, and the Devids came to stay in Dali for a few days, hoping to visit a leprosy village during their stay. Since Shalom had been planning to visit Stone Forest Village, and the weather was nice, they decided to visit Stone Forest Village. It start to rain heavily when we almost reached the village, but Andrey is a good driver, and we had a powerful jeep. We finally arrived at the village. The following pictures show our visit.
In response to the demand from the lepers in A’ziyin Village, we visited the village again on August 17th. This time, we brought clothes to them. A’ziyin is located in the mountains, and the temperature drops quickly during rainy season. The lepers hoped we could bring thick clothes for them to keep warm.
Original article written by Ping Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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