Padma had come to this leprosy colony because she had high hopes of being able to encourage the colony members to stop begging and begin small businesses by pooling their savings and then providing each other small loans, one by one.
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At Rising Star Outreach we often bring volunteers to India to assist us in the work of caring for the leprosy-affected. Usually they have learned about Rising Star’s work and are eager to help lift those whose lives have been decimated by leprosy. But every now and then we receive a volunteer who is reluctant to engage.
My dear friend and next-door neighbor, Ellen Burt, died after a brutal 6-month battle with cancer. The day after her funeral, her husband, Jerry, brought me Ellen’s two wheelchairs, saying he figured I could use them in India. I was thrilled to get them and thanked him profusely.
The parade of children to the pre-school was disheartening. At Rising Star Outreach we had just opened our first school. We’d dreamed for years of creating our own school where the students from leprosy colonies could be treated with the same dignity as normal children. Now here in a tiny rented house in Chennai, India, the first pre-school was becoming a reality.
Bishnu Adhikari reports: “People are losing faith that something will happen and they will be helped. The sanitation is terrible. The water is polluted. People are dying of diseases. When the monsoon comes again this June, the rivers will swell and the conditions will be worse.” Meridian cannot stand idly by.
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