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.
2014 is the Chinese Lunar Calendar year of the horse. It is said that in this year is is easier for people to be successful. With help from TFISH, leprosy patients in the Volcano Village are going to receive more attention. In 2014, our visits have gone very well. We visited four leper villages. On January 10th there were two teams who visited the villages. One American team was led by Liang Ping. Another was led by a Shalom volunteer and they visited the Yangquangou Village.
1) Visiting the Yangquangou leper village
On January 11, 3 teachers from Kunming International School and 14 volunteers visited Yangquangou village. They brought gifts to 10 lepers, Baocai, his sister and disabled people living around. Huoshui, a teacher from the international school helped to repair electrical appliances, install locks and handles and fix water pipes. The volunteers cut hair for the lepers. The following photos show the activities.
2) Visiting the Volcano village of Chuxiong Prefecture.
TFish bought rice for 20 lepers last year. During Chinese New Year, Shalom raised money and visited the villages on January 9 and 10. They brought greetings and gifts (rice and other goods) to 20 lepers and their family members. The volunteers also provided medical services for the lepers.
3) Second Visit to Volcano village.
Thanks to increased publicity from TFISH, the Volcano village received more attention from people, specially the story of Yin Litai. Volunteers sent e-mails to Liang Ping and asked to visit the village. During January 16 and 17, Liang Ping led a team of 15 people to visit Volcano village. They brought medicine and goods according to the various needs of the lepers. They helped the lepers with personal hygiene as well.
4) Visiting the Yangquangou village of Yiliang county
January 30 was the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Shalom organized volunteers and visited the Yangquangou leper village on January 26. They provided treatment and medicine for the lepers and they also sent greetings to Baocai and his sisters. They paid a New Year’s call to the lepers and wished a happy Chinese New Year to them.
Original article written by Ping Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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