Though treatment for leprosy is available in parts of Nepal, it is not always accessible for those living in poverty.

Jumai Darji knows this all too well.

The father of four lives with his wife in India but commutes half a day to Nepal to work as a labourer. His daily wages are barely enough to feed his family, let alone pay for the ongoing treatment needed to manage his leprosy.

Jumai had already spent nearly all of his savings on medical care in India.

In addition to the financial burden, Jumai felt oppressed, discriminated against by members of his community. People could be cruel when they noticed the hallmark signs of the disease—ulcers and sore patches and swollen legs.

Without proper care, Jumai saw no hope for himself or his family.

Jumai feels at home at Shining Hospital. Photo: International Nepal Fellowship

Jumai will always remember the day his brother told him about Shining Hospital in Banke and the staff’s expertise in treating leprosy.

When Jumai was admitted, he was struck by something more than the timely service and quality medical care—the love and acceptance he felt was a welcome relief after years of shame and judgement. He felt so comfortable.

“I feel at home in this hospital,” shares Jumai. “I receive such good care along with good food and accommodation.”

At Shining Hospital, Jumai found what was missing from his life. He is thankful to PWS&D and its supporters and looks forward to a better future.

Jumai’s story of hope is shared by the over 6,000 patients who’ve received this treatment over the last year—and this is possible because of PWS&D’s compassionate supporters, responding with care and courage to those who are suffering.

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