Everyone at my university is posting pictures of their graduation day and I spent mine in a leprosy hospital in Nepal and honestly I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my day anywhere else.
Talking to these people about how they have been banished from their communities for catching a disease so common and so curable is soul destroying. They have nothing. Yes they end up with no feeling in their hands and feet and loose limbs but they can still function better than most people in the UK.
It has really put my life into perspective and made me realize how sheltered the western world is from society and how difficult people’s lives are. I’m so glad I got to come here but also I’m so sad I will be leaving in a few days because I would love to dedicate my life to helping these people live and thrive.
The only advice I can give to people is that if you can help. Even if it’s just a little bit. It can save a life. I found out the education system here only funds children in primary and most families can not afford to send their children to school and tend to give them away to orphanages because they cannot afford to look after them. Not that they don’t want them. They do anything and everything for them but here it’s just not enough. British children don’t even want to go to school.
It costs only £30 a month for an orphan to be housed fed and educated. That’s less than most people spend on a night out. And that is a persons life.