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.
With the help of TFish, Shalom provides a lot of help to leprosy patients living around Kunming. The organization helped to build a solar-powered bathroom for 12 rehabilitation clients living in the Yangquangou village of Yiliang county. We bought a three-wheel motorized cart for 5 rehabilitation clients in A Ziying, Kunming. We will soon provide rice for clients in the Volcano Village of Chuxiong prefecture.
Our goal is to learn how to provide better services and help for the rehabilitation of our clients. We recently received 30 new applications, so we traveled to Jinsuokang village, 100 kilometers away from Kunming. The place is a mountainous area with high altitude. The locals grow maize and potatoes. There are over 30 lepers and the natural village has about 100 people. We walked about 3 kilometers to reach the village. The village is seldom visited, so people were excited to see us and gathered around us. Here are some pictures of our visit.
Because it was our first time going to this place and it was raining, it was late afternoon when we arrived. The volunteers tried their best to provide services to the lepers who offered potatoes to us to express their gratitude. When we were leaving, they asked us about our next visit. They said that the rice is not growing so they hope we can provide 2 bags of rice for each household every year.
In July, our staff accompanied Wang Jiafu, a leper in the Yangquangou village, to his hometown and stayed there for 2 days to assist his rehabilitation in the village.
We will visit a leper village in the Stone Forest in August. This village is also seldom visited by people. They hope we can assist them with free medial exams. We are also plan to visit a leper village near the A Ziying village.
Original article written by Ping Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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