Mayoyo, DR Congo

Mayoyo

Mayoyo is an intelligent boy full of energy and potential. But when he was ten years old he got a wound on his leg that would not heal. Desperate for a cure, Mayoyo’s father took him to see a witchdoctor. The medicine he prescribed did nothing, so they went to… Read More

Taleb, India

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Taleb is sixteen years old, and for the past four years he has had ulcers on his feet. His classmates and teachers teased him relentlessly about the ulcers. So he stopped going to school. His neighbors told him to stay away. “If I go near the house, they say don’t… Read More

Benad, Côte d’Ivoire

Benad

The Buruli ulcer wound makes 12-year-old Benad look frail. It’s difficult for him to move his arm, but he is happy he can still play soccer. For three months, Benad’s arm swelled up. His father was disgusted and forced him out of the house. Benad fled to his uncle’s hut… Read More

Aarati, Nepal

Aarti

In Nepal, people eat with their right hands. Aarati’s family was worried when they saw her struggling to eat; her right hand kept getting weaker. Her grandparents, who had both been cured of leprosy, suspected the same terrible disease had struck Aarati. So her grandmother brought her to Lalgadh hospital… Read More

Aménan, Côte d’Ivoire

Amenan

Eight-year-old Esthelle Aménan’s story starts with a small bump on her right shoulder. In just one month, it developed into a large wound that was finally diagnosed as Buruli ulcer at an American Leprosy Missions partner hospital. By that time, the wound was so severe Aménan could barely use her… Read More

Marcelline, DR Congo

Marcelline, DR Congo

A group of people affected by leprosy gather to greet the American Leprosy Missions team as they come to visit the village. Marcelline is one of the youngest at only eleven. Thanks to the support of people like you, she has been diagnosed before suffering permanent nerve damage and is… Read More

Manju, Nepal

Manju, Nepal

At Lalgadh hospital, Manjuran, affectionately known as Manju, can often be seen dancing and singing for patients. Although first treated for leprosy five years ago, he recently began experiencing tingling on his face and back. So he left his little sister and widowed mother to travel to the hospital for… Read More

Loretta, Liberia

Loretta, Liberia

Eleven-year-old Loretta has a sweet smile but very sad eyes. Three of her family members have had leprosy.  So when Loretta started showing signs of leprosy on her face, arms and legs, her father took her the long distance to Ganta hospital. Loretta’s leprosy is so severe that the doctor… Read More

Nino, Philippines

Nino, Philippines

Nino, the youngest of five children, is 11 years old. Nino was heartbroken when his father was diagnosed with leprosy and left home to seek treatment. Sadly, despite receiving help, Nino’s father later died. In order to provide for the family, Nino’s mother also left to find work. So the… Read More

Prenka, Nepal

Prenka, Nepal

Prenka is a beautiful young girl. But she is embarrassed that she doesn’t know her age or the name of her deceased father. She also carries the shame and stigma of leprosy, a disabling disease that has caused her to lose some mobility in her hands. Part of a large… Read More

Jawel, Ghana

Jawel

Jawel is only a year-and-a-half old, but he has already faced many trials. When he was just six months old, he developed a nodule near his armpit that turned into a huge ulcer. Jawel stopped being a sweet, playful baby and instead acted listless and cried most of the time…. Read More

Kajal, India

Kajal, India

Kajal is a beautiful nine-year-old girl from northern India. Her father died two years ago of tuberculosis, and Kajal’s mother struggles to care for her five children. A year and a half ago, Kajal started finding pale patches on her arms and back. Local health workers and doctors tried many… Read More

Stevenia, Liberia

Stevenia, Liberia

Stevenia is a fourteen-year-old from northern Liberia. She has 11 siblings, but she may never see them again. Though her parents brought her to an American Leprosy Missions partner hospital for treatment, it is unlikely that they will return for her. Before receiving multi-drug therapy and treatment for drop-foot, Stevenia… Read More

Satyam, Nepal

Satyam, Nepal

Eight-year-old Satyam first got leprosy two years ago. He traveled to Lalgadh hospital where he received six months of medical treatment. Unfortunately, he had already lost feeling in the toes of his left foot. Today, Satyam has returned to the hospital for further treatment. He had a blister, and then an ulcer on… Read More

Labi, Ghana

Labi, Ghana

Eight-year-old Labi’s parents are farmers in rural Ghana. When her arm became swollen, they did not know what to do. Herbal remedies did not help and then wounds appeared. Eventually a nurse directed the family to an ALM-supported hospital where Labi was diagnosed with Buruli ulcer. Nine months of treatment… Read More