Isaac seems shy at first, quietly fiddling with some blocks. His parents are both corn farmers in Ghana. About eight months ago, his mother noticed a swelling on Isaac’s side. She applied a herbal remedy, but it didn’t help. So she took five-year-old Isaac to the local clinic. The staff… Read More
American Leprosy Missions works around the world, serving children suffering from leprosy and related diseases.
- More than 50 children a day are diagnosed with leprosy.
- 50% of victims of the flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer are under age 15.
If left untreated, these diseases can cause crippling disabilities, shame and isolation. When you support our ministry, you are helping to provide the cure and ongoing care to suffering children. Below are the stories of some whose lives you’ve transformed through your gifts.
Join us in our mission to cure and care for people with leprosy and Buruli ulcer. Donate now to stop the suffering.
Ten-year-old Hannah lives in a small village in Liberia, surrounded by lush, green vegetation. It’s a remote place; it takes two hours, driving on brown dirt to get to the main road. Hannah spends her days playing with siblings and friends, attending school, fetching water and helping her mother on… Read More
Living in central India, Manjit, nine, is the youngest of six children. His father is the sole breadwinner, carrying goods in a cart. Manjit came to the hospital with multiple deformities from leprosy; clawed hands and foot drop. He received the cure and had reconstructive surgery on his hands and… Read More
“It was a boil on my leg, like a small pimple,” says 11-year-old Jacqueline. “I didn’t show it to my mum. But it became a wound, so I then showed it to her.” Thankfully, Jacqueline’s mother took her to the hospital right away. All too often people seek the help of… Read More
Six-year-old Nazrana lives with her mother and four siblings in a small village in Nepal. Her father left the family because her mother had leprosy. Now Nazrana has leprosy too. She is the youngest patient at Lalgadh hospital. This adorable little girl arrived with pale patches all over her body…. Read More
Sama comes from a small, remote village in India. His parents are daily wage workers in sugarcane fields. He has six sisters and two brothers. A shy teenager, his hands are deformed by leprosy. Sama left school because the children were teasing him. So, he takes care of goats instead…. Read More
Georgina is shy, yet never short of smiles, and she loves playing with her friends and reading. You would never guess that Georgina had a terrible case of Buruli ulcer that has left her extremely scarred. At one point, the ulcer had spread all along her upper torso, taking away much… Read More
One day Fulo’s mother noticed a pale patch of skin on Fulo’s side. So Fulo, her oldest sister and their parents walked in the hot sun and then took a long bus ride to the hospital. Five-year-old Fulo wore her best dress for the journey. When they arrived, the doctor… Read More
“When it started, I treated my son with traditional medicine,” says Kominam’s father. “But the wound came back. So I sent my son to the community health volunteer. When he confirmed it was Buruli ulcer, he told me to go to the hospital.” Kominam is small and full of energy…. Read More
Possessing a cheeky smile and giggle, 16-year-old Poonam likes hanging out with her friends in her rural village in India. This beautiful girl’s ordeal with leprosy began when she was just 13. It started as patches on her neck, but soon spread to her hand. “I was worried when I… Read More
One day, a bump appeared on the left arm of 12-year-old Asibi. Her family thought it was a boil and tried to treat it at home. But then it turned into an ugly, open wound. Asibi’s skin was being eaten away. Traditional healers couldn’t help. A kind neighbor told Asibi’s… Read More
Minu is very nervous. She was diagnosed with leprosy today. At the young age of 13, she is obviously still unsure of what’s happening. Her brother has come with her to the health clinic for support, but her parents are both working. Minu says, “I’m very sad that I have… Read More
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
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
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 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
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
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