Dhrahori : Finding New Life

Dhrahori remembers when she got leprosy. It was 11 years ago. She was 34 and married. Her main fear was that her husband would disown her and throw her out of the house. That’s what happens so often to people with leprosy in countries like Nepal, where Dhrahori lives. Victims are treated like little more than trash to be discarded.

But Dhrahori’s husband seemed supportive. Still, she worried about how he would react over time and how her neighbors would treat her. “I was suffering from leprosy, and I was worried that the community would push me out.”

While she was in this fragile state, events took another turn. “My husband went to India to earn money,” she said. “I was afraid that maybe he had gone because I had leprosy.” Still harboring her fears, Dhrahori nevertheless sought help for her disease.

She Finds Sanctuary

She found a hospital called Lalgadh Leprosy Center, which is supported by American Leprosy Missions and donors like you. It’s a place where leprosy victims aren’t just treated for their disease — they’re treated like human beings.

“I’ve had many gifts from Lalgadh,” Dhrahori said. “They treated me, gave me special sandals, and helped me develop skills like teaching and bookkeeping that have helped me run the local self-help group. They’ve taught me about training, group management, and how to teach self-care.”

Life After Leprosy

Dhrahori was cured of leprosy at the hospital, and she’s grateful. But she’s just as grateful for the education and training she received there.

She runs a self-care group for leprosy sufferers with 13 members. She’s been doing it for nine years.
“I’ve also visited other groups to learn about income-generation,” Dhrahori said. And now, because of her initiative, Dhrahori’s self-care group has been able to give loans to small businesses in her village, helping them to grow and employ more people.

And while she continues to farm for her living, she enjoys a sturdy house in the village. Her sons have good jobs. And her husband? It’s true that he did leave to find work in India, which caused Dhrahori so much distress. But he came back to his family — and in a better position to support them.

Dhrahori was thrilled. She finally left her worst fears — about abandonment and stigma — far behind. She learned new skills that she uses today. And most of all, she’s happy. Happy to be free of leprosy and to know that there are generous, compassionate people who will give to change the life of someone who’s suffering. Generous, compassionate people like you.

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