In commemoration of World Leprosy Day Believers Eastern Church dioceses reached out to help hundreds of people suffering from leprosy, bringing relief and hope to them through various means. The church also held several programs to increase public awareness about leprosy and support the fight against this ancient disease.
This year’s world leprosy day was celebrated around the world under the theme “Ending discrimination, stigma and prejudice.”
Though leprosy is curable, many people continue to suffer without ever receiving treatment due to lack of awareness and the stigma surrounding the disease.
On this occasion, Believers Eastern Church Dioceses visited several leprosariums and spent time with the people suffering from leprosy and showed them they are loved and they are not alone. They also provided them with food, clothing and other essentials to aid in reducing their suffering.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Bhubaneswar distributed sandals to more than 40 leprosy-affected people in a leprosy colony.
Blankets were distributed to more than 40 leprosy-affected people in a leprosy colony by Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Lucknow to help them stay warm in this winter season.
Believers Eastern Church Dioceses of Ranchi and Raipur held food distributions at leprosy colonies where they served delicious meals to more than 150 people.
Believers Eastern Church Chakradharpur and Diocese of Gulbarga extended medical help to people living with leprosy.
While Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Tezpur distributed blankets, t-shirts and sarees to people suffering from leprosy, Believers Eastern Church Dioceses of Berhampur and Trichy distributed new clothes to families living in leprosy colonies.
Teams from Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Chennai and Believers Eastern Church Solan visited leprosy hospitals where they distributed free meals and fruit packets to the patients, respectively.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Birtamod distributed blankets to 20 leprosy patients in a hospital.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Patna distributed food packets and shawls to people in a leprosy colony.
Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Mandla organized a leprosy awareness program in a government school which was attended by around five hundred students and 15 teachers. Importance of timely detection and treatment of leprosy was conveyed to them and an educational video was shown. Leaflets regarding leprosy were distributed to the students.
Believers Eastern Church has been working in dozens of leprosy colonies, extending love and compassion to thousands of leprosy-affected people through providing them medical care and hope and improving their quality of life and dignity.
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