Mainudin: God Raised This Man Up

With Your Support He Beat Leprosy

His name is Mainudin, and he lives in a village in Nepal. A mountain range stands in the distance. Bicycles and cows move slowly along the dirt road. When Mainudin was diagnosed with leprosy, it was a tragedy for him and his mother. And when his mother died shortly after, Mainudin was suddenly orphaned.

He was just 10 years old at the time, decades ago. A little boy, alone and afraid, he was sent off to live with some distant relatives. His leprosy got worse. His hands became crippled. And one of his legs became infected and had to be amputated.

Then, one day, everything changed.

Mainudin being told he’s received an international award for his work to overcome leprosy. He’s with American Leprosy Missions’ Dr. Hugh Cross.

Mainudin being told at the blood drive that he’s received an international award for his work to overcome leprosy. He’s with American Leprosy Missions’ Dr. Hugh Cross.

Mainudin came to Lalgadh leprosy hospital. There, thanks to the support of people like you, he got the cure for leprosy and learned about self-care for his disabilities. He became empowered and was named the head of his self-care group. Ever since, helping others with leprosy has been his mission.

Through his dedication over the years, nine houses have been built for people with leprosy, 17 businesses were started, 42 self-help groups are earning money, 42 people were diagnosed, and 81 people with leprosy are getting help for schooling. Even with all this, Mainudin, wasn’t satisfied.

He set out to dispel the stigma of leprosy. So Mainudin organized a blood drive in the center of the village. Under shade trees, Mainudin and others with leprosy lay on tables to give blood. “The blood of all these people is good,” was the cry going out to the villagers.

And that day, the stigma of leprosy was dealt a stunning blow. All because one man — inspired by your generosity — decided to help.